State Rep. Dan Lauwers voted against legislation in the state House to expand Medicaid coverage to more Michigan residents. “While I understand the challenges hospitals and small businesses face with uncompensated care, I could not vote in favor of a plan that has the potential to saddle our children and grandchildren with further debt,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “The legislation also does not address the long-term issues of rapidly increasing health care costs.”Lauwers said constituents understand the reasons for expanding Medicaid to certain individuals, but there is a much greater concern about the overall cost of health care and growing federal deficit. “While in the short term it may look positive for the state of Michigan, in the long term it could prove detrimental to the country as a whole,” Lauwers said. “I want our children and grandchildren to live in a country with more opportunity, not less. Increasing the federal debt hurts everyone, especially future generations.” House Bill 4714 now goes to the Senate for consideration.