Governor Snyder addresses Medicaid expansion and education reform at West Michigan town hall meeting
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Mlive.com
Patrick Center August 23, 2013 | WGVU When it comes to Medicaid expansion in the state of Michigan, the governor says it’s time to take a step back from politics.
“Step back and take a look at the big picture, let’s look at the statistics. This is a good thing to make us a better state.”
Governor Snyder argues those uninsured, unmanaged emergency room visits increase insurance premiums that are passed along to consumers. The governor says a managed system will save the state money, provide coverage to those currently uninsured and provide better outcomes through the Healthy Michigan.
State Representative Patrick Colbeck, a Republican from Canton disagrees.
“We are implanting Obamacare with that approach. It’s section 2001 of the Affordable Care Act. And it’s the key tenant of it. It’s the path to government control of everybody’s health care.”
Governor Snyder was welcoming of the debate and the discussion which turned to differing view on the implementation of Common Core Curriculum in Michigan Schools.
“There’s a standard for math, there’s a standard for English. It doesn’t tell teachers, it doesn’t tell schools, how they have to teach.”
Karen Braun, a mother of six and a supporter of Stop Common Core debated the governor on control.
“The standards are copyrighted. The standards are owned by a private trade organization. They’re no longer owned by the state of Michigan. Governor Snyder, how do we cede control of our standards, public standards, to a private trade association?”
The governor responded, “We don’t have to do this, but if 45 states coming together I think there’s a pretty good consensus that people all believe there’s something good here.”
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