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Exchange PoliticsOpposing Obamacare in Battleground States$

David K. Jones

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190677237

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190677237.001.0001

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(p.167) Appendix B Timeline of Key Events in Michigan

(p.167) Appendix B Timeline of Key Events in Michigan

Exchange Politics

David K. Jones

Oxford University Press


  • March 23: ACA signed into law by President Obama. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox (R) joins multistate lawsuit challenging the law’s constitutionality.

  • March 31: Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) creates the Health Insurance Reform Coordinating Council to oversee the ACA’s implementation.

  • September 30: The Department of Community Health (DCH) is awarded $1 million by the federal government for exchange planning.

  • November 2: Rick Snyder (R) elected governor. Republicans win control of the House and win seats in the Senate. Republicans win their largest majorities since the early 1950s.

  • December 2: The Coordinating Council releases its reporting recommending the state run its own exchange.


  • January 1: Rick Snyder (R) sworn in as governor.

  • February–June: Public sector consultants tasked with leading work groups to solicit input from stakeholders. The final report was released June 17 and recommends Michigan develop its own clearinghouse exchange as a quasi-governmental organization.

  • September 14: Governor Snyder releases a “special message on health,” calling for the legislature to pass legislation creating an exchange by Thanksgiving.

  • (p.168) November 10: Senate passes SB 693 to create an exchange by a vote of 25–12.

  • November 14: US Supreme Court announces it will consider the cases challenging the ACA’s constitutionality.

  • November 29: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) awarded $9.9-million level 1 establishment grant.

  • December 13: House passes supplemental funding bill without authorizing LARA to spend its grant.


  • January 19: House Health Policy Committee holds its tenth hearing on the exchange without taking a vote. Thirty-one people testified at this meeting lasting more than three hours.

  • June 28: US Supreme Court announces ruling upholding the ACA but making the Medicaid expansion optional; House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) and Committee Chair Gail Haines (R) continue to resist exchange.

  • November 6: Barack Obama reelected President. Republican majority in the House reduced; House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) and Committee Chair Gail Haines (R) publicly support an exchange for the first time.

  • November 15: Obama administration extends the deadline by which states need to decide.

  • November 29: House Health Policy Committee vote 9–5 against an exchange bill that was tie-barred to an abortion bill. Four Democrats abstained or did not show up. One Republican did not vote.


  • January 17: LARA awarded $31 million level 1 establishment grant.

  • January 22: Governor Snyder submits letter to HHS declaring plans to create a partnership exchange.

  • February 28: House votes 78–31 to approve supplemental funding bill authorizing LARA to spend the $31-million level 1 establishment grant.

  • March 5: HHS gives conditional approval of Michigan’s partnership blueprint. The Senate never took a vote on the supplemental funding bill, effectively blocking the grant and preventing the state from doing the work required to operate a partnership exchange.

  • September 16: Governor Snyder signs legislation expanding Medicaid.

  • October 1: Open enrollment begins, Michigan is part of the federal exchange.