Saying they had been "encouraged" by statements made by President
"It provides almost no new flexibility to the states, does not ensure the resources necessary to ensure no one is left out, and shifts significant costs to states," the governors wrote in a letter sent to Ryan, R-
Snyder had been largely silent since Ryan early last week revealed his proposal for replacing the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The proposal calls for limiting
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The expansion allowed states to cover recipients earning up to 133% of the federal poverty level with an additional funding match from the federal government.
While Snyder and the other governors haven't been precise on what they mean by "flexibility," it's been clear for some months that if the ACA were to be repealed and replaced, they hoped to get special consideration for their
Snyder -- while declining to speak specifically on what he's asked the federal government for in terms of the program --has touted the fact that it reduces costs to recipients if they adopt more healthy behaviors, promotes Health Savings Accounts to defray medical costs and cuts down on the number of lower-income Michiganders seeking care without insurance. He has also made clear his belief that by encouraging healthy behavior and preventive care, hospital visits -- and costs -- can be reduced.
Continuing Healthy Michigan, however, could require substantial federal help, given the state's finances.
Earlier this year, Snyder and other Republican governors had praised members of
Ryan's replacement proposal for Obamacare -- which also calls for phasing out subsidies for individual insurance and replacing them with flat tax credits based on age, as well as giving insurers greater flexibility to write policies and charge older Americans up to five times that charged younger ones -- has run into severe headwinds, not only from
The key committees considering Ryan's bill have already signed off on it but it's not yet clear what the amendment process will be, though media reports said the speaker plans to bring it to the floor of the
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