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By JGillman, Section News
John Yob may have a problem on his hands.
As strategic National (Yob's political consulting firm) looks forward to 2014 and an expected continued representation of Rick Snyder's campaign efforts, he will have to overcome one particular obstacle; The governor himself. Perhaps even the governor's staff and surrogates. As brilliant as some of those operatives within Strategic National might be, the 'pig' that is the governor's reelection chance might be far too gone for lipstick and a little rouge.
Especially given yesterdays grass roots announcement and letter. The announcement was picked up by all of the state papers, and has gathered attention even nationwide. However, Snyder's mouthpiece Sara Wurfel says:
"As an (accountant), Gov. Snyder knows there's a strong case that this Medicaid component is the financially responsible and smart thing to do while also being the right thing to do, both short- and long-term for Michiganders and our state's economy and health status,"As an accountant?
Think along the lines of the Congressional Budget Office(CBO). IF, given all the input it was supposed to have had before offering an opinion to congress on the ACA in the first place, it might not have offered such a rosy picture of the plan's finances to that congress. Adding the 'unforeseen' costs (we saw them and said so - but ..) that have made it already unworkable, we can do little but laugh at his 'accounting' skills. There are always costs which are held off the books till it is too late to do anything about the overall plan. One of the conservative activists Jeri Leroi who is on the list in opposition, makes a valid point today in one of her email broadcasts:
"Keep in mind, in the past the federal government has robbed the Medicare budget to pay for the increase in medicaid. Medicare recipients have paid into the medicare program for over 40 year before receiving any benefits at all. We pay a co pay and extra premiums for hospital care which are also scheduled to go up under Obamacare. The Medicaid recipients have not paid into this program, whole families have stayed on it for life.She has a point.
She also influences many within our community.
And HERE is where some accounting background might help the governor's team understand the predicament at hand. ~ Below the fold.
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By Corinthian Scales, Section Multimedia
All I can say about this August in CD-6 is, Go Jack!
By JGillman, Section News
The groveling for permission from their federal masters continues as the Ways and Means chair says "pretty please" to one of Obama's cronies. From THE HILL:
Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton endorsed Michigan's request Thursday in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Michigan asked HHS last week to phase in new requirements that govern how insurers can spend their money.
Remember a few days ago? You know, when you and 200+ other Repbublicans had a royal flush backed up with cards up the sleeves, and a gun under the table?
You DO REMEMBER, right?
You know, a couple days before you folded to a pair of Jacks, held by a guy with a blinky eye "tell", and an audience of investors who were counting on the congress to FINALLY HOLD THE LINE. Right? A few days before the market hit the skids in the worst way in two years.
And then the guy holding the jacks? He spent $240 Billion of his "winnings" in one day.
Oh yeah, that's right you guys have a memory problem. ~ More Below ~
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