LANSING — Today, the House passed legislation that would rob hundreds of thousands of Michiganders of their health care through the Healthy Michigan plan. The legislation passed on party lines, with Democrats voting no. In response, state Rep. Tenisha Yancey (D-Harper Woods) issued the following statement:

“Michigan families work hard every day, and we shouldn’t be putting the health care of thousands in jeopardy because of circumstances that are entirely out of their control. Most working people don’t get to set their own hours or schedule, and your health coverage shouldn’t be in jeopardy because of decisions made by your employer. Medicaid is first and foremost a health care program and it should be treated that way. Michigan families shouldn’t be put at risk for an experiment that has failed in other states. Kicking people off their health care doesn’t create jobs or help our state’s economy — it just hurts citizens. My job is to do what is best for the people of my district and the state of Michigan, and this bill is the exact opposite of that. I was proud to vote against it.”