(Bloomberg) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wants to reduce bankrupt Detroit’s costs by moving municipal retirees to insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul. His fellow Republicans, who dominate the legislature, aren’t making it easy.
A plan promoted by Kevyn Orr, the city’s emergency manager whom Snyder appointed, would require former workers not under Medicare to switch to exchange policies from city-paid coverage. Yet lawmakers squelched Snyder’s plan to run and market the U.S. Affordable Care Act in the ninth-most-populous state, where 1.3 million -- 13 percent of the population -- are uninsured.
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