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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Next Step - Representative Exchange

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 11:23:27 PM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Health Care, Exchanges, Republicans, Jase Bolger, Rick Snyder, RINO, Collaborators, Primaries, Organized Opposition (all tags)

    If Republicans ever wish to regain any moral authority lost through Chamberlainesque capitulation with the leftists, then a health care exchange ought not be even considered.

    Snyder wants the exchanges, apparently based on some funding that comes along with it.  But the funding is only temporary,and the rules for an exchange set up as "local" will not be allowed to carry the rules that local (state) citizens might want.  The default nature of a federal set of rules is in fact the reality NO MATTER who sets up the exchange.  The expense of ongoing operations of course will fall on the backs of  Michigan citizens.

    Tomorrow at 830AM there will be hearings.  You may not be able to make it, but you can have your testimony entered into the record.

    You can e-mail the Committee Clerk: Malika Abdul-Basir
    E-Mail: mabdul@house.mi.gov and ask that your e-mail be entered into public testimony.  

    House Standing Committee Meeting
    Health Policy, Rep. Gail Haines, Chair
    DATE: 11/29/2012
    TIME: 8:30 AM
    PLACE: Room 519 House Office Building, Lansing, MI
    AGENDA: SB 693 (Sen. Marleau) Insurance; health; MiHealth marketplace; establish.

    Any Republicans Reps who vote for this have a problem on their hands. Since the re-election of Barack Obama, conservatives, and other Republican activists have had to redouble efforts in stopping the implementation of Obamacare. And as observed during a conference call tonight they will likely prevail. A brief discussion of hitting newly re-elected speaker Jase Bolger with a recall faded quickly, though it will not likely be forgotten by some.  Bolger, who won by a narrow margin (roughly 800 votes) is being closely watched on the exchange issue and one other key issue close to the heart of traditionalists and conservatives; ALAC. (HB 4769)  The controversy surrounding the Roy Schmidt party switch also haunting him adds fuel.

    If Bolger is seen on the wrong side of these issues by conservatives, and particularly the exchange, could be as damaging to the political careers of any reps who vote FOR the exchanges as a recall of Bolger might be.  One only needs to look at a simple mailing sent out during the primary season to understand how any perceived supporter of Obamacare will be permanently labeled. (below)

    More as it is available.

    < Horizon: Growing Migration to Livingston Co | Right Thing To Do: Repeal MBCA of 1976 >

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    I doubt it will do much good... (none / 0) (#1)
    by InksLWC on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 12:49:24 AM EST
    but handwritten letters are the most effective way to communicate to legislators (in terms of what they actually read).  Even typing it and sending it in makes it more likely to be read by a legislator, but if you handwrite it (most of them) realize you actually cared enough about the topic to put some time into it.

    I'd encourage anyone sending an e-mail to be put into the public record to also hand-write a letter to your rep.

    Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin rejected the Exchange (none / 0) (#2)
    by Corinthian Scales on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 07:31:58 AM EST
    So, why would any legislator in Lansing, place this state at a disadvantage with border states?

    Is it to build upon Gov. Mitch Daniels, legacy of Right to Work?  Is it to make Gov. Scott Walker, an even bigger rising star on the national platform?  

    It's not just Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin, that is standing up for its taxpaying citizens... Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming, have rejected the ObamaCare Exchange too.

    That's 40% of this nation that have said NO to the Feds!  It's DC's Obamination - YOU fund it!

    Why do we have to tell those in Lansing, NO Exchange, again?

    Heard from my state rep . . . (none / 0) (#3)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 09:05:27 AM EST
    . . . Ken Yonker, that 2011 Senate Bill 693 was killed in the House Health Policy Committee yesterday.  I don't have the actual vote tally at my disposal, but Yonker self-reported as a "nay" vote.

    Since the state senators will be up for reelection in 2014, I recommend that we keep Senate Roll Call 663 handy, as it provides us with a list of ObamaCare collaborators who need to be dealt with a year and a half from now.

    An e-mail sent out . . . (none / 0) (#7)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:27:06 PM EST
    . . . yesterday afternoon from Jack Hoogendyk (around 12:53) contains the text of a press release from Speaker Bolger:

    Thank you to all who followed up and contacted legislators last night and this morning.  Over 700 emails were sent in!  Your communication helped us defeat the Obama Health Insurance Exchanges in the Health Policy Committee this morning.  The count was 5-YES, 9-NO, and 2-PASS.  Not sure how each member voted but will update you later.  Based on the content of the Speaker's Press Release, it sounds like he is not going to revisit the issue!

    Here is the text of a Press Release the Speaker just sent out:

    LANSING - Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, issued the following statement regarding this morning's Health Policy Committee vote on a state-run health exchange:

    "It was my hope the committee would find that a state-run exchange afforded us more control over the unacceptable over-reach by the federal government regarding the health care of Michigan citizens.  After due diligence, however, it is clear that there were too many unanswered questions for the committee to feel comfortable with a state-run exchange and we will not have one in Michigan.  I applaud Committee Chair Gail Haines for her leadership and the large amount of testimony and discussion she welcomed on this issue.  I know her focus never wavered from what is best for Michigan's citizens.

    "The committee apparently was not able to get the answers to key questions or receive assurances about major concerns regarding costs for Michigan taxpayers, the ability to adopt a model the federal government wouldn't ultimately control, or the ability to protect religious freedom for Michigan citizens.  Because the committee could not be assured that a state exchange was the best way to protect Michigan's citizens, it is understandable why they did not approve the bill."

    Stay alert!  There is also the possibility the Governor could try to do it through executive order.  But, for now, we have a victory.  We will do our best to stay on top of the situation and keep you informed.  Be at the ready!  Thanks, again conservative warriors.  You are the modern day Minutemen!

    Joan Fabiano over at Grassroots In Michigan provides some additional details, specifically the breakdown of the House Committee on Health Policy votes:

    Voting "no":
    • Joseph Graves (R) 51st District
    • Tom Hooker (R) 77th District
    • Holly Hughes (R) 91st District
    • Matt Huuki (R) 110th District
    • Ken Kurtz (R) 58th District
    • Paul Muxlow (R) 83rd District
    • Paul Opsommer (R) 93rd District
    • Mike Shirkey (R) 65th District
    • Ken Yonker (R) 72nd District

    Voting "yes":
    • Mike Callton (R) 87th District - Majority Vice-Chair
    • George Darany (D) 15th District
    • Tim Greimel (D) 29th District
    • Gail Haines (R) 43rd District - Committee Chair
    • Thomas Stallworth (D) 8th District

    Voting "pass":
    • Marcia Hovey-Wright (D) 92nd District
    • Kate Segal (D) 62nd District
    • Wayne Schmidt (R) 104th District

    Apparently didn't vote:
    • Lesia Liss (D) 28th District - Minority Vice-Chair
    • Jimmy Womack (D) 7th District

    I'm trying to remember if Callton, Haines, and/or Schmidt are termed out in 2014, or if they'll have the option of standing for re-election.  If the latter, then we need to start recruiting challengers . . . now.

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