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Gov. Snyder, Speaker Bolger are on a collision course

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In this space last week a noted labor leader revealed he is praying that GOP Gov. Rick Snyder will eventually stand-up to the conservatives in the House GOP caucus.

Apparently, God is a UAW member because the governor may get his chance sooner than later.

The issue: Creating a Michigan Healthcare Marketplace.

The governor wants one. The House Speaker not so much.

Speaker Jase Bolger says, "Having the state establish a healthcare exchange is not something we want to do."

Oh. Oh. Looks like the two Republicans are on a collision course.

Normally Speakers and Governors from the same party play nice and confrontations, if there are any, are discreetly handled in the back room.

But there was no way to shove this one out of view.

It started earlier when the GOP controlled senate passed the governor's marketplace plan but it arrived in the house to a cool reception. No, make that frosty.

Egged on by a caucus that wanted to run for re-election by berating the Obama administration's health care plans, the Speaker politely placed the issue on hold until after the Supreme Court ruled on the issue.

The governor, who has been stiffed by his own party before on other agenda items, took it like a man and waited for June to roll around.

Well June rolled around and the high court rolled out its decision and House Republicans felt like there were rolled as the court upheld the law instead of burying it in the elephant burial ground.

What unfolded next is a striking and unintended peak at the philosophical spread between the governor and his fellow Republicans.

In a business where the words you choose reveals the real you, the contrasting press releases on the court ruling were breath-taking in their contrasts

Speaker Bolger (R-Marshall) did not mince his words. "I could not be more upset…I am mad and disappointed."

The Senate GOP leader Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) admitted he respected the high court decision but "Regardless of its constitutionality, socialized medicine is wrong." This is the same guy who allowed the marketplace bill to clear the senate.

Now you would expect the state GOP chair to let it all hang out and Bobby Schostak did not disappoint.

"Obamacare cripples job creators, discourages economic growth, and creates new taxes on wheelchairs and insulin pumps." Sorry about that handicappers and diabetes patients.
Which brings us to the governor who refused to join in the partisan mudslinging albeit he did not "agree with everything in the law."

The governor did lament that the ACA "misses the point" on what is really needed in the health care system namely prevention and he believes it is a "detriment to economic recovery…caused by the massive uncertainly regarding medical costs which discourages job creation."

But that was it.

No snarly reference to ObamaCare, harming the middle class, being disappointed and mad, nor the bromide about socialized medicine or wheelchairs. It's just not him to engage the president in that kind of bashing.

What was him was his call for action while the others just wanted to pound their chests.

"We must act quickly to avoid an undue burden on Michigan residents…to establish the MiHealth Marketplace." Either the state acts or the feds will impose a marketplace on the state.
The speaker concedes that point and he did toss in a sop about wanting to work with the governor on this so that citizens would have "access to healthcare that is market-place driven."

But they appear to begin the work from opposite ends of the field.

Can they find a middle ground?

Of course. Will they is quite another question.

Who will bend remains the sticky point and a real test of whether the governor will have to stand up to those conservatives to get what he wants.

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