Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Shirkey defends Medicaid expansion by Clarkcast published on 2013-06-15T21:17:25Z A key element of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare," is the expansion of Medicaid in every state. Before the Supreme Court ruling in 2012, Medicaid expansion was required; however, it's now an option for the states. Here in the state of Michigan, Republican leaders are looking to EXPAND Obamacare via Medicaid. To explain why, Michigan State Representative Mike Shirkey (R) argues that the Medicaid expansion in Michigan is more about reform than increasing the size of the program. In a heated debate, Matt believes Medicaid and Obamacare are meant as a driving force to bring this country toward a single payer system.