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Understandably, Michigan citizens have had concerns about the Obamacare overreach, and what seems to be the willing capitulation by our governor to cede to its expansions of 'social justice.'
Concerns that make for hyper-sensitive drawing of conclusions, and perhaps seeing boogeymen behind every curtain and legislative effort with language that sounds the same. Alas, my own post several days ago attacking SB0324 might have been premature in its assumption that creating a licensure provision for health care navigators also created a default Michigan inclusion in the exchange. Writing
"By establishing the 'Director's' responsibilities and creating framework of a 'navigator' your bill is creating Michigan's participation in the exchange. It pretends protections, yet does NOTHING to protect Michigan citizens from the evil that is Obamacare and this catastrophic blow to our individual rights. Why are we providing ANY assistance to the federal government which is asserting authority is does not have into our health care choices?"I was expressing the concern that working within THEIR rules, the legislature was giving in to the feds.
"Not true" according to legislative staffers, who explained the effort as more of a check and LIMIT on what could become a wholesale political get-out-the-vote effort for the progressives in power, versus a limited and licensed number of 'navigators' who might lose their status and outreach ability if stepping outside of their authority as specified.
Can you say epiphany?
As an aside, I am told that SB0324 will likely be amended to include language that asserts Michigan's acceptance or recognition of the Affordable Care Act will not be implied by this regulatory effort.
Leaving me cautiously optimistic.
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By JGillman, Section News
We still have things happening in Michigan.
SENATE BILL No. 324 , Introduced yesterday by Senators MARLEAU, JONES, EMMONS, KAHN, BOOHER, BIEDA,GREGORY and JOHNSON was referred to the Committee on Health Policy. Michigan Senator Marleau explains:
".. the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) allows states to license "navigators" to assist people enrolling in health insurance through an exchange. Senate Bill 324 would ensure that navigators in Michigan act in good faith.Right. It will protect them by creating the conduit for the exchange, the very thing that threatens our sovereignty, and individual rights.
Listen Senators. Do you mind if I call you that, or would you appreciate something more direct?
Get those damnable lobbyists for health insurance plans (authors of this legislation) out of your office for five minutes and read the garbage you are introducing. By establishing the 'Director's' responsibilities and creating framework of a 'navigator' your bill is creating Michigan's participation in the exchange. It pretends protections, yet does NOTHING to protect Michigan citizens from the evil that is Obamacare and this catastrophic blow to our individual rights. Why are we providing ANY assistance to the federal government which is asserting authority is does not have into our health care choices?
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By JGillman, Section News
A last note before something bad that could happen.
If the Michigan State Senate passes the expansion of Medicaid today as the naive in the house did last Thursday, its going to be a toss them all out rout in 2014.
We have attempted to repeatedly remind readers that without the power to give your money to others, there would be little if any corruption in Government. Power feeds itself at your expense. Joan Fabiano at Grassroots maps only a little of what is going on when elected officials have the authority to direct your actions through financial pain or mandate. If you think that is where it ends, then go turn on Fox, and start the drool rolling out of the left lip. There isn't enough manpower to follow the dinners, the relatives, the jobs afterward, the bankrolling of personal interests, etc.
And there isn't enough web space available to explain the infinite reasons why some folks cannot recognize the destructive influence of 'compassionate' government policy.
"Build it, and they will come"And they will never leave.
Until we are completely broken.
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By JGillman, Section Multimedia
Given the previous article, I thought you all might enjoy this one.
Michigan State Senator Proos talks about dredging as it relates to water use tourism, and the dollars flowing in from it. Concerned about a boating traffic 'shutdown' he notes the economic costs of our great big bathtubs filling up with silt.
At the end, as always, our daddies in Washington are pleaded to, for consideration in getting some of our allowance money to pay for getting our toys into the harbor.
By JGillman, Section News
Of course we will believe when we see it.
However, this important legislation protecting workers choices would be the shot in the arm for a still ailing Michigan economy. It would create a more competitive atmosphere not only with other states, but would allow the global competitiveness we have previously enjoyed to return. Its about time we do this, yet have faced a number of obstacles that ought not have been there. The election clarified the will of the people sufficiently enough to understand that they are tired of having Michigan run by a few elite labor bosses, and its time for a change.
So when Jack Hoogendyk sends out this note:
"With all this compelling data, and circumstances being as ideal as they have ever been, what is holding up the legislation that has already been written, from being introduced in the House and the Senate?It offers a little hope.
We'll take it where we can.
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By JGillman, Section News
Apparently he did. And right now he may be occupying the office illegally.
The secretary of state requires candidates to complete their POST-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FINANCE COMPLIANCE STATEMENT before assuming office. the bullet points read:
One might presume that failure to do so would exclude a candidate from assuming their elected position.
According the to BOE, Republican majority leader Randy Richardville filed This (image at right - click to view full sized) as his post election compliance. So naturally one might assume all is done, and properly.
But we must go below the fold for the rest of the story.
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RE: Joint meeting of the Senate Health Policy and Insurance committees.
At 3PM today, State Sen. Jim Marleau, chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee, State Sen. Joe Hune, chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, Members of those committees, Public Sector Consultants President Peter Pratt, and whatever voices for misc members of the public will be present at:
Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor
The Senate Health Policy and Insurance committees will hold their first hearing on the importance of Michigan establishing its own health insurance exchange in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.
Importance of Michigan establishing its own health insurance exchange in "accordance to the [Unconstitutional] Affordable Health Care Act."
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Cross-posted at The Western Right.
The Michigan Republicans have released their official proposal for the new state senate redistricting plan.
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