Granholm's Plan to Insure Everyone
Gov. Jennifer Granholm has a plan to insure everyone in the state of Michigan.
An offer they can't refuse.
When Granholm announced the proposal in January, it was designed to work through private insurers to cover 550,000, or half, of the state's uninsured non-elderly residents with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line. That's $38,700 for a family of four and $19,140 for a single person.
But Thursday, she said the state also wants to offer plans to people making above 200 percent of the poverty level. Participants would be charged premiums and copays on a sliding scale, with lower-income residents paying nominal out-of-pocket costs.
Unlike Massachusetts, however, Michigan wouldn't require its residents to have insurance.
Granholm said she thinks Michigan residents will want to participate because the health insurance would be subsidized and affordable.
"We are providing them an offer they can't refuse," she said.
This is what the voters want to hear. Health care. The Son of Amway has decided to talk about gutting the budget, with no replacement. We want to talk about health care.
We can take that right to the ballot box.