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2013 Initiated Legislation 1: Ban abortion coverage through federal health care law "Obamacare“ exchange
  1. Introduced in the Senate on December 3, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. The legislature has 40 days to pass initiated legislation (with no approval from the Governor required), or else it automatically goes on the Nov. 2014 ballot for the people to decide.
    • Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on December 3, 2013.
  2. Passed 27 to 11 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. No approval from the Governor is required for initiated legislation to go into effect.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 62 to 47 in the House on December 11, 2013, to prohibit health insurance policies sold in Michigan through the federal health care law’s “exchange” from including abortion coverage. Individuals could use their own money to purchase a policy “rider” for this outside the exchange if they choose, but no federal subsidy would cover the cost. The initiated legislation was placed before the legislature through a petition drive organized by Right to Life of Michigan, after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed a pair of 2012 insurance bills that contained the same provision. No approval from the Governor is required for initiated legislation to go into effect.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Motion in the House on December 11, 2013, to give immediate effect.
  6. The motion passed 61 to 48 in the House on December 11, 2013, to give the measure immediate effect. Because this vote did not get a two thirds majority, the initiated law goes into effect 90 days after the last day of the 2013 legislative session.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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