Bill sponsor hopes Blue Cross overhaul will pass quickly without abortion language

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Some state lawmakers say they hope to pass an overhaul of Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Michigan after dropping some controversial abortion language.

Governor Rick Snyder championed a plan that would have ended Blue Cross' tax exempt status and eased state oversight of the insurer. But he ended up vetoing the bills. 

That's because lawmakers added language that would have made it harder for insurance companies to offer coverage for elective abortions.

State Senator Joe Hune said he plans to introduce identical bills, just without the abortion language.

"So it should be in a workable form, and shouldn't need significant changes." Hune said.

Hune also plans to introduce the abortion measure as a stand-alone bill.

State lawmakers start their new session next week.

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