A "Shot Across the Bow" concerning Medicaid Expansion in Michigan

“A Shot Across the Bow”

 

My fellow Republicans and Precinct Delegates,

 

On Friday, August 23, 2013, the Michigan Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Ohio’s Buckeye Institute for Public Policy issued a “Shot Across the Bow” for any Michigan Law Maker that would consider voting for Medicaid Expansion.  The study being released states:

"It is unrealistic to assume that the Obama administration will weaken the Medicaid requirements that they fought so hard to get,"  "No state should expand Medicaid based upon the illusory hopes of waivers, which are inadequate to genuinely reform Medicaid's ills."  This study confirms the warnings of Senator Colbeck that this Medicaid Expansion is in fact a “bait and switch” attempt by the Obama Administration.

 

Some Republican law makers have attempted to hood wink their fellow Republicans and constituents into believing that they had written a “sustainable” clause into House Bill 4714 that would protect the State of Michigan should the Federal Government decide not to fully fund the costs of this Medicaid Expansion.  This new study confirms that which most Republicans have feared:  That the Federal Government may (and probably will) choose to change any waivers that do not further the implementation and expansion of Obama-Care.

( Reference:  http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/19025)

 

If the Medicaid expansion bill is enacted, additional legislative votes will be required to appropriate the federal dollars that are linked to the measure. That means adding $1.5 billion to the state budget this fiscal year and $2.6 billion a few months before the 2014 election. For those looking further down the road, the appropriation figures would go up to $3.07 billion in the third year, according to a Senate Fiscal Agency analysis.

"(Attorney General) Bill Schuette has consistently opposed the expansion of Medicaid," said Joy Yearout, a spokesperson for Attorney General Schuette. "He believes that the federal government is not a reliable or steady funder and the long term fiscal costs of government expansion of health care is not sustainable and will result in huge costs to Michigan taxpayers."

(Reference:  http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18893)

 

The Senate may vote on this as early as this Tuesday.  You are urged to contact both your Senator and your Representative and insure that they are not intending on voting yes on this toxic bill, Medicaid Expansion (AKA HB 4714.)

 

Bob Cushman

Precinct Delegate - Northville

 

 

Reference House Bill 4714 excerpt regarding opting out:

 

(16) IF A WAIVER REQUESTED UNDER THIS SECTION IS NOT APPROVED

19 BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES BY

20 DECEMBER 31, 2015, MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR INDIVIDUALS DESCRIBED IN

21 SUBSECTION (1)(A) SHALL NO LONGER BE PROVIDED. IF THE WAIVER IS NOT

22 APPROVED BY DECEMBER 31, 2015, THEN BY JANUARY 31, 2016, THE

23 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SHALL NOTIFY ENROLLEES THAT THE

24 PROGRAM DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (1) SHALL BE TERMINATED ON APRIL

25 30, 2016.

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Comment by David C. Bartilson on August 28, 2013 at 12:54am

Obama knows exactly what he's doing!  His actions are along the lines of Sal Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.  He's amping up the Progressives (Regressives!) ideals and is doing his best to make us more and more dependent on the government, growing it at every turn, vilifying family, traditional values, personal initiative and responsibility.  As if that's not bad enuff, we have Repubicans that do not understand what's going on or for reasons of their own, going along with his program.  We need to get them OUT! 

 

Comment by ed cassi on August 25, 2013 at 1:45am

Schuette is right, more than anything else obama's administration has proven it cannot be trusted to to do anything well.  Except governing in a manner that a majority of Americans find despicable.  His attack on Christianity's fundamental precepts is made more evident by his silence about the violence against Christians in the Middle East. His health care act is falling apart after being created thru deceit and bribery.  His non- involvement in matters he should be involved in; Benghazi, IRS, NSA and the rest of the "non-scandals".  His ineptitude has given our nation a black eye economically, His disdain for religion has trampled our moral values. His policies have made a country that was either respected, feared or both almost a non entity.  His lack of intestinal fortitude to be responsible for his actions may be a key factor in making decisions.  His voting record as a state senator in IL indicates that he straddled the fence many times by voting "present". I guess what I'm trying to say is, we on the right need to start working on defeating the left in 2014 now.  We don't need a candidate this moment because we should be attacking the democratic party as a whole.  We should be citing obama's poor leadership skills and chiding the left for allowing him to run amuck.  There are many different roads to victory.  I would love to hear from the Tea Party followers and any other Americans that have suggestions on how to win in 2014.  My voice and thoughts alone won't be paid any attention to.  But if a lot of us offer valid thoughts to the decision makers we might make a difference.  The old ways just AIN'T workin!

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