LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan House panel has rejected a proposal to create a state-run online market where people can compare and buy health insurance plans.
House Health Policy Committee defeated the health exchange legislation Thursday by a 9-5 vote, and two members abstained. The state Senate approved a bill but the House delayed action because its Republican majority had opposed President Barack Obama's federal health care act.
With Obama's re-election, GOP leaders have acknowledged the president's health care plan will move forward and a decision must be made about the insurance exchanges that are part of the plan.
Gov. Rick Snyder prefers a state-run program but his administration applied for a federal grant as a first step toward the fallback position of teaming with the federal department.
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Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.