House Speaker Jase Bolger talks Medicaid expansion, gay rights and political future

Jun 13, 2013

House Speaker Jase Bolger says he supports the recent Medicaid expansion, and that the measure puts more control in the hands of citizens in terms of managing their healthcare.
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A Michigan House committee has approved a much debated proposal to expand Medicaid coverage in the state.   Expansion of the federal program enjoys some bipartisan support, but the measure was delayed by some House Republicans who wanted stricter guidelines.  Some were also reluctant to approve the expansion because of its connection to the federal Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

The measure includes some stricter guidelines, a few meant to incentivize recipients to adopt healthy behaviors. Republican Speaker of the Michigan House Jase Bolger discusses these and other components within the Medicaid debate, as well as other issues.