Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Michigan Senate GOP unveils plan to cover more uninsured


Am I hallucinating this?

LANSING, Mich. -- Senate Republicans said Tuesday they want to offer affordable health insurance to uninsured Michigan residents who earn too much money to qualify for subsidized care proposed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The GOP plan also would give incentives to Medicaid recipients who live healthier and encourage similar incentives for state employees, including lawmakers.

Republicans said their legislation would accompany Granholm's plan to offer a basic, no-frills health plan to 550,000 uninsured residents with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty level.

Under the Democratic governor's plan, announced in January 2006 and awaiting federal approval, participants would be charged premiums and copays on a sliding scale, with lower-income residents paying nominal out-of-pocket costs. The GOP wants to extend the plan to people making more than 200 percent of the poverty level.

OK. But I still want someone to go over this with a fine tooth comb. For some reason I just don't trust these guys. I thought that the original plan was paid for with fed money- I hope that this isn't an attempt to screw that up somehow.

Better make sure there isn't some huge tax cut for the insurance companies tucked in there somewhere.

I'm willing to give credit where it is due- getting rather tired of yelling at the Republicans all the time. Good to see them doing something for people for a change, if that is what is going on here.

Actually, I just want to see this title pop up on the Lefty Blogwire. Keeps 'em guessing. ;-)