Marleau bill would enable Michigan to opt out of Obamacare, protect health care

LANSING—State Sen. Jim Marleau introduced legislation on Thursday that would help protect the state’s high-quality health care system by enabling Michigan, not the federal government, to control how the state spends money on health care.

Senate Bill 993 would allow Michigan to enter into an interstate Health Care Compact (HCC), which would return control of health care to the states in the compact.

“Michigan must manage its own health care dollars. We lead the nation with access to high-quality health care providers and value-driven health insurance,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “By rejecting the ‘one size fits all’ approach for federal health care reform and letting states decide how to best serve their residents, the compact will allow for a more efficient and effective system.”

The HCC would be an agreement between two or more member states to restore to those states the responsibility and authority over their health care programs. The compact, which would require U.S. congressional approval, would allow a member state to suspend operation of any federal laws, rules and regulations that are inconsistent with the laws and regulations of that state.

Marleau said his measure would not include health care programs for veterans and Native Americans, which would remain with the federal government.

SB 993 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Insurance.