VanderWall comments on 2020 State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — After listening to the governor’s 2020 State of the State address Wednesday night, Health Policy and Human Services Committee Chairman Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, issued the following statement.

“I was happy to hear the governor announce the creation of a prescription drug task force. The high cost of prescription drugs, especially for folks in rural areas, needs to be addressed.

“With industry experts and lawmakers coming together, I think we can develop effective solutions to this problem.

“The governor’s idea of enshrining parts of the Affordable Care Act into state law would require careful consideration. Always in the forefront of my mind is the critical importance of access to health care — especially in rural areas — and whatever we do regarding health care must keep that need in mind.

“My Republican colleagues in the Senate and I remain committed to working with the governor and the other side of the aisle to make Michigan the best possible place for families, talent and job creators, but if the governor rolls out her proposals and they include a massive tax increase, like last year’s $2.5 billion gas tax hike, that is a nonstarter.

“Despite our differences, we need to work together to continue Michigan’s comeback and build on our successes.”

Note: Audio and video of Sen. VanderWall commenting on the State of the State address will be available under the In the News link, above.