Nov 11 2011

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SB 693 Passes – On to the House!

As many of you know and not totally unsurprising SB 693 (the creation of a MI Health Exchange mandated in Obama Care The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed. I watched on line at Michigan Government Television (MTV)

Below you will find a Roll Call of how all GOP Senators voted, for and against.

Unfortunately, it was members of the Grand Old Party that took a page from Nancy Pelosi that bills unsupported by a majority that take away health care rights must be hurried through the legislative process before a full “reading of the bill”

The rushed manner, in which the bill was amended, passed through Committee and scheduled for a vote is an affront to every citizen of Michigan who was disenfranchised from having his or her vote heard. Voters will not forget this affront.

Many will give full credit to Gov Snyder, who asked for a creation of a Obama Care Health Care Exchange by Thanksgiving, Sen Jim Marleau (R Lake Orion) who sponsored the bill or Senate Majority leader Sen. Randy Richardville whose responsibility was to make sure all the “Indians stayed on the reservation” for the passage of SB 693.

However ultimately the credit rests on the shoulders of the Senators who voted for the bill. Putting career over principals, their constituents and their own Party Platform
“Republicans support the private practice of medicine and oppose socialized medicine in the form of a government-run universal health care system.”

However there were twelve Republican Senators who voted against the bill And Senator Patrick Colbeck in a stirring speech given on the Senate floor withdrew his co-sponsorship. I urge you to contact them and thank them. I called their offices yesterday to thank them.

Lost in activity of the bill’s passage was a “Felliniesque” moment when Senate Resolution No. 95 was discussed and voted on. (It passed)

In a duplicitous move Sen. Judy Emmons had introduced the resolution, “A resolution to express support for the continued efforts of the Michigan Attorney General to oppose the implementation of Obama Care and to memorialize Congress to repeal it.”

Sen. Judy Emmons voted FOR SB 693! (and also voted for DRIC in Committee)
Adding to the absurdity was that she was joined by those who voted for and pushed the bill, in co-sponsoring the resolution, Marleau,Jones,Richardville,Booher, Meekhof,Green, Kahn, Hansen, Jansen,Caswell,Pappageorge and Hildenbrand!

Did they really think we would be fooled by this? What an insult to the people of Michigan!

Nor are we convinced by Sen. Rick Jones (R Grand Ledge) when on the Senate floor stated he had to “plug his nose and vote for the bill” Had to vote for the bill?

So where do we and the bill go from here?

The House.  House Health Care Policy Committee has already been holding testimonies preparing for a quick vote when the Bill came over from the Senate

What actions should we take?

1. Call, write your House Rep and especially the Members of the House Health Care Policy Committee and its Chairwomen, Rep. Gail Hanes Phone: (517) 373-0615 Toll Free: (888) 737-4043 Email: GailHaines@house.mi.gov
2. Send letters to the editor of your local newsletters explaining why this legislation should not pass to build support and educate your fellow citizens.

A list of Michigan Newsletters are HERE
Sometimes you have to look around for where to submit a letter to the editor and most can be done on line. Most of the time it can be found in the “Contact” information on the Newspaper web site

We will continue to keep you posted

Roll Call No. 663 Yeas—25
Jansen Pappageorge
Hansen Richardville
Booher Hildenbrand Jones Smith
Caswell Kahn Warren
Emmons Marleau
Meekhof Green
Brandenburg Hune Nofs Rocca
Casperson Kowall Proos Schuitmaker
Colbeck Moolenaar Robertson Walker

Thank you for all you do for Michigan and our Republic,

Joan Fabiano

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  1. Anonymous

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    1. Joan

      Thank you

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