The governor was able to use the power of his office to arm-twist enough Republican House members to support the enormous expansion of Medicaid last week. Speaker Bolger violated the "Hastert Rule" which says "you don't bring a bill to the floor unless a majority of your own caucus supports it." Less than half of the GOP caucus voted for Medicaid expansion last week. The governor and Speaker wanted expansion so badly, they were willing to go to the Democrats to get it.
This week, Randy Richardville, Majority Leader in the Senate, has so far held to the Hastert Rule. He will not bring the Medicaid expansion bill to the floor without the support of a majority of his own caucus.
A little math here here: Only 19 votes are needed for passage. Nineteen is a tie. Lieutenant Governor Calley would break the tie with an affirmative vote. There are twelve Democrats. Only 7 of the 26 members of the Republican caucus in the Senate are needed for passage.
I can guarantee you, the governor will push for passage without the GOP majority. Richardville has held so far, but late yesterday, it was reported that the governor is coming home from his trade mission to Israel early to get this done. Today is the last day of session for the Summer.
Do you want your children to be saddled with yet another financial burden that cannot be paid? Do you want to see this state beholden to a federal government that has virtually NEVER kept its financial promises? If not, now is the time to act. You need to melt the phone and Internet lines of every Republican Senator. Promise them a primary battle if they support this boondoggle.
Washington has "promised" to cover the huge increase in case load in Michigan with federal dollars. You know "it ain't gonna happen." Read this
story from Capitol Confidential. Pete Hoekstra reports, Washington is already talking about cutting medicaid dollars at the federal end and putting more of a burden on the states. Are we going to let our legislators fall for this?
OK, folks This is a battle between the governor and the people. What are you going to do about it?
to find the names, phone numbers and email addresses. Make your message short, simple, emphatic, but respectful. Medicaid expansion will break the state budget and further deepen the chasm of debt that our children and grandchildren will never be able to repay.
Thanks for caring about this state and about your family's future.
Madison Project of Michigan