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House committee rejects state-run health exchange

By Andrew Schulman, Daily News Editor
Published November 29, 2012

At the meeting of the committee in Lansing on Wednesday morning, it drew praise and criticism from the public over the course of an hour-long open session.

One opponent of the exchange, Isabelle Terry, a resident of Rockford, Mich., wrote to the committee to opine that the Affordable Care Act “put us on an horrifying track to financial ruin.”

Matthew Davis, an associate professor of internal medicine at the University’s Medical School, said Medicaid is an example of a successful federal-state partnership, and indicates a similar partnership on health care could be effective.

Davis said a federal-state partnership could help University students find their own health insurance, a particularly beneficial criterion for students now as their parents’ employers are less likely to offer health care benefits.

He expected Snyder and the federal government to work out the details of the exchanges over the next few months and the deadline to implement them is October 2013.

Weiss said Snyder was committed to the partnership exchanges as the best possible option for the state.

“I certainly think it’s fair to say that Governor Snyder believes that the partnership approach can work,” he said.