Michigan Senate members voted 20-18 Tuesday to expand the state's Medicaid program as part of the federal health care law.
How they voted:Eight Republicans voting yes: Tom Casperson of Escanaba, Goeff Hansen of Hart, Roger Kahn of Saginaw Township, Mike Kowall of White Lake Township, James Marleau of Lake Orion, Randy Richardville of Monroe, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights, Howard Walker of Traverse City.
Eighteen Republicans voting no: Darwin Booher of Evart, Jack Brandenburg of Harrison Township, Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale, Patrick Colbeck of Canton Township, Judy Emmons of Sheridan, Mike Green of Mayville, Dave Hildenbrand of Lowell, Joe Hune of Hamburg Township, Mark Jansen of Gaines Township, Rick Jones of Grand Ledge, Arlan Meekhof of West Olive, John Moolenaar of Midland, Mike Nofs of Battle Creek, John Pappageorge of Troy, Phil Pavlov of St. Clair, John Proos of St. Joseph, Dave Robertson of Grand Blanc, Tonya Schuitmaker of Lawton.
Twelve Democrats voting yes: Jim Ananich of Flint, Glenn Anderson of Westland, Steve Bieda of Warren, Vincent Gregory of Southfield, Morris Hood III of Detroit, Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor, Tupac Hunter of Detroit, Bert Johnson of Highland Park, Virgil Smith of Detroit, Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor, Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, Coleman Young II of Detroit.***End update***__________________________________________________________________________________________________
***Update***In second vote, Republican-controlled Michigan Senate votes to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults. Stay tuned for updates.***End update***
The Michigan Senate has narrowly failed to pass a Medicaid expansion bill, leaving prospects for the legislation in doubt.
The Republican-led chamber voted 19-18 Tuesday for the expansion, one yes vote short of passage. With pressure building, the Senate's leader could yet call another vote later in the day.
Medicaid expansion is a key component of the federal health care law and is supported by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. But he's had trouble persuading the Senate to go along after the GOP-led House passed legislation in June.
Supporters say the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and Michigan can cut the number of uninsured significantly by expanding Medicaid next year. Critics say what they call "Obamacare" should be rejected at every turn.