May 5, 2017

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Schuette Endorses Trumpcare, What About Calley?

Schuette supports GOP health care bill, Calley stays silent on plan that would gut Medicaid and kick Michiganders off health insurance

Today, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said he supported the passage of the Congressional Republican health care bill. However, his likely primary opponent in the 2018 gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, has still not taken a stance the issue that could define the midterm elections.

Just this morning, Schuette congratulated Michigan Rep. Fred Upton for his work on pushing through the bill:

“And, listen, great job on working through to repeal and replace Obamacare. That’s what people want. You’re helping get it delivered. And the give and take is what we need to have happen on all sorts of levels of government. So, well done, Fred. Bring it home this afternoon. I know you will.”

The law is projected to kick 24 million Americans off their insurance, cut $880 billion in Medicaid funding, raise premiums for older Americans and threaten protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

If passed, governors will be left to deal with the gap in Medicaid funding, and will have the option to waive protections for pre-existing conditions. Starting in 2019, governors will have the option to see waivers that allow insurance companies to dramatically raise premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.

In Michigan alone, an estimated 604,400 will lose coverage. Current Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder spoke out against an earlier version of the bill.