Michigan Medicaid expansion hanging in balance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Whether Michigan expands government health insurance to more adults is hanging in the balance in the Republican-dominated state Senate.

Gov. Rick Snyder has cut short his trade trip to Israel to be back in Lansing Thursday lobbying for Medicaid expansion. His administration wants an up-or-down vote to be held before senators adjourn for the summer at day's end.

Snyder's problem is his fellow Republicans make up two-thirds of the Senate, and the GOP is more resistant to expanding the Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

One ray of hope is the Republican-led House has approved Medicaid expansion. Hospitals, insurers, small businesses and the poor are pushing the Senate to act, while conservative groups are pressuring senators to stand firm.

Lawmakers may be in for a long day.

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