Democrats' Resolution to End Legislative Session Fails

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A resolution sponsored by state democrats to end Michigan's legislative session Tuesday, so the Medicaid expansion could take effect on Jan. 1 didn't get very far.

Lawmakers rejected the sine die resolution introduced by Sen. Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), saying there is too much to get done before the end of the year.

Whitmer introduced it so those qualifying for Michigan's Medicaid expansion wouldn't have to wait until April to sign up.

"Unfortunately, partisanship rules the day here," Whitmer said. "We're going to have 90 days where Michigan is getting penalized every day and, more importantly, people aren't getting the health care we promised them and they so desperately need."

Republican State Sen. Rick Jones called Whitmer's resolution "silly," saying there's no reason to shut down. Jones voted against expanding Medicaid. He said today people can just sign up for Obamacare instead.

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