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House speaker prefers state-run health exchange

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

Even so, Snyder said that might not be enough time for Michigan. So his administration has applied for a federal grant as a first step toward the fallback position of teaming with the federal department.

"At this point we're moving toward a state partnership exchange," he said. "However, we will continue to work with our legislative partners and seek more details and clarity from the federal government to make a final determination on Michigan's path forward — whether that's a state partnership exchange or state-based exchange."

Bolger said keeping control with the state would "minimize federal overreach" while enabling Michigan officials to make sure there's enough competition between companies and choices for consumers.

"We can work to ensure Michigan families maintain the option of working with local insurance professionals to act as personal navigators to the exchange rather than banning their participation as in a federal exchange," he said.

House Democrats also spoke favorably of a state market and accused majority Republicans of dragging their feet.

The Obama plan "is the law of the land, and it goes without question that Michigan officials are in the best position to create a health exchange for our citizens," said Rep. Alberta Tinsley-Talabi of Detroit. "If we wait any longer for hearings and discussion then we are shortchanging ourselves and Michigan residents."