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Snyder health reform bills to go to Legislature this week

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Governor Rick Snyder

By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network

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LANSING, MI – Draft versions of Governor Rick Snyder's health care reform plan are to be presented this week to state lawmakers. Governor Snyder has asked lawmakers to adopt major portions of his health reform plans before their Thanksgiving break.

The governor faces a lot of skepticism from GOP leaders because there are so many mandates in the plan. House Speaker Jase Bolger says he's going to carefully examine the details.

"But I think the time to enact something is still quite a ways off," Bolger says.

Bolger and other Republicans are wary of requiring insurance companies to cover childhood autism treatments, a government database of children's health statistics, as well as adopting mandates in the federal Affordable Care Act, such as health coverage exchanges.

"The reason I would look at exchanges is with what the federal government has done and it would be reluctantly and it would only be if we have to," Bolger says.

Bolger says he wants to wait for courts to rule on the challenges to the federal law.

The governor says an exchange that would allow people and businesses to comparison shop for health coverage is a good idea no matter the fate of the federal health reforms.

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