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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By jenkuz, Section News
    Posted on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:23:09 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan, Obamacare, Snyder (all tags)

    via Grassroots in Michigan--author~Joan

    It was reported in the Detroit News yesterday that Gov. Snyder will make a decision on Medicaid expansion THIS THURSDAY!
    "Lansing -- Gov. Rick Snyder will fire the first shot in the next health care skirmish Thursday when he recommends in his budget presentation to the Legislature whether Michigan should open Medicaid to as many as half a million more residents."

    Medicaid is a VOLUNTARY program
    Medicaid Expansion is VOLUNTARY
    Medicaid expansion WAS being forced by on the states by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) until the Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare. They ruled that the expansion was unconstitutional.Therefor,the Federal could NOT force the expansion on states,the decision to expand the taxpayer funded entitlement program is VOLUNTARY!
    Medicaid is 85% of Michigan's Health and Human Services (HHS) budget
    And as noted in the Detroit News article, Medicaid is 27.9% of Michigan's entire budget!
    In addition,a Medicaid expansion in Michigan could add up to 500,000 more people to the rolls. And make Michigan an attractive welfare state to move to.
    We MUST ask where is the money coming from? Taxpayers
    A large measure of the Federal government's fiscal cliff is due to the burden of keeping entitlement programs like this afloat. To continue do so will once again fall on the backs of Michigan taxpayers.

    Continued below ~

    Call/Fax Gov. Snyder
    Tell the Governor:
    "We oppose the Expansion of Medicaid in Michigan"
    PHONE: (517) 335-7858 - Constituent Services
    FAX:(517) 335-6863
    Contact information for Gov Snyder Executive Staff may be found HERE


    Medicaid Expansion WE OPPOSE
    A bill, Senate Bill 0041 has been introduced to stop the expansion of Medicaid in Michigan WE SUPPORT THIS BILL
    Medicaid is a federal entitlement program created under Democrat President Lydon Johnson's "Great Society" a major implementation of Liberal polices (Progressivism) in the United States.
    States provide up to half of the funding for the Medicaid program and Medicaid is VOLUNTARY for the states.
    In Michigan,according to the governor's budget, Medicaid is 85% of the HHS budget! According to Economics 21 organization, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to economic research, in a three part article, "Next Four Years of Fiscal Conservatism: What Must Be Done to Sustain the Nation" James Capretta writes about the urgent need for health and entitlement reforms:
    "At the heart of the nation's fiscal challenges are the rising costs of the major health care entitlement programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, and the new subsidies provided by the 2010 health care law. In 1972, total federal spending on Medicare and Medicaid was just 1.1 percent of GDP. By 2010, the costs of these programs had risen to 5.5 percent of GDP, and CBO projections from last year show the costs rising to 9.1 percent in 2030 when the new entitlement spending from Obamacare is also added in and when plausible assumptions about on-going enforcement of arbitrary cost-cutting measures are used."
    According to the Kaiser Health Foundation Medicaid and CHIP stats
    Michigan has 20% of her total population enrolled in Medicaid (2009)
    Michigan's Medicaid spending from 1990 -2010 has increased 8% ranking her as 23rd in the nation for Medicaid spending. In contrast our Midwestern neighbors Indiana has increased 5% and Illinois 6.6%
    The state of Michigan spend $3,153,326,988 (2010) compared to $1,454,600,107 in Indiana and was the 9th highest in the country
    Michigan took NO pro-active containment actions for eligibility requirements BEFORE Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations became law (Maintenance of eligibility requirements enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibit states from imposing eligibility and enrollment standards for Medicaid and CHIP that are more restrictive than those that were in place at the time the ACA was passed (March 23, 2010)
    Michigan has taken NO Medicaid Cost Containment Actions in 2012 or 2013 in areas where they could, such as LTC: Cost containment initiatives for long term care services. In Pharmacy Cost Containment Actions, Michigan has only implemented three of seven possible containment's
    Illinois plans to cut some provider rates (including inpatient hospitals and nursing homes) on average by 2.7 percent for fiscal year 2013 as part of its Medicaid reform plan which (including all components of the plan) is designed to save $1.6 billion. Physicians and dentists are exempted from these cuts as are safety net hospitals
    In conclusion not only should Michigan taxpayers oppose the expansion of Medicaid we need to demand reforms in every area with the eventual goal of opting out of this Federal entitlement voluntary program!

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    You beat me to it. (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:57:04 AM EST
    I signed on to post on this and there you go.

    Good work!

    My letter this morning:

    Rick Snyder
    Governor of Michigan
    Lansing Michigan
    February 05, 2013

    Governor Snyder,
    Please accept this letter as a strenuous objection to ANY expansion of Medicaid in the state of Michigan.

    The money received must still come from taxpayers in other ways.  There is nothing free or advantageous within this expansion.  We need to roll back government provided services, NOT expand them.

    Medical care itself is not a RIGHT, but rather product that comes as a result of that pursuit which IS.  We can no more hold a gun to the heads of taxpayers for an obscene expansion of social contract, than we would to a plumber who might refuse to fix our pipes for lack of payment.

    The distortion of free market health care growth and advances under the `affordable health care' act signed by President Obama will be bad enough without our state's participation.  Short term financial gains belie the ultimate burden we place on our generations to come; in higher taxes (which require force to collect) and reduced health care options as fewer professionals opt to become a part of a government controlled market.

    Reducing restrictions on health care providers, and incentivising the pool of those providers is a better way of providing affordable access to needed services. Programs that come with encumbrances merely replace our own free markets with central planning methods which never work.
    Please abandon any efforts to involve the citizens of Michigan in what was (perhaps by design) one of the worst catastrophes in public policy of  our lifetime.  

    Thank you for your consideration on this matter.

    Jason Gillman
    933 Ave D
    Traverse City, MI 49696

    It needs to end.

    Snyder is a player for... (none / 0) (#2)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:20:26 AM EST
    ...the Federal Team.  Those who support Snyder in the MI-GOP have chosen the path of capitulation to maintain a seat at the table belonging to the Socialist Revolutionaries in DC.

    • Hear, Hear! by Croton Crier, 02/05/2013 12:07:05 PM EST (none / 0)
    Medicaid is broke. (none / 0) (#4)
    by Croton Crier on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 11:52:48 AM EST
    Great article.  This just shows how broke MI really is that we are so dependent on the feds.  This SHOULD show where Snyder is on the political scale...

    Not surprising... (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jay R on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:43:51 PM EST
    If Kasich betrays conservative principles I can only imagine what Snyder will do.

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