With only three voting session days remaining for 2011, news sources are reporting that a push to vote on HB 5014 is likely this week before legislators go on Christmas vacation! The reason for the push is that the state must apply for the Federal money soon, so it must be included in this round of supplementals. And insurance companies have an issue of timing for software needed for the Health Care exchange (mandated in Obama Care)
HB 5014 is an appropriations bill. And the Senate added $9.8 million from a federal grant to create a state “Obama Care exchange” to administer federal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” subsidies. Also included is $119 million that is nearly all federal money for incentive payments to health care providers and facilities to adopt state-approved electronic health care record systems.
The bill also appropriates the money from a new 1 percent tax on health insurance claims designed to “game” the federal Medicaid system to get higher federal payments to Michigan’s medical welfare system, and additional amounts for related items.
This bill must be stopped!
The creation of the IT system is the foundation of Obama Care, the collection of personal medical data that can be electronically transferred “The 2009 stimulus and the Obama health law enacted last year established a national electronic health database that will hold and display your lifelong medical history — making it accessible to a troubling number of strangers, including government employees and a variety of health-care personnel.” How ObamaCare destroys your privacy By BETSY McCAUGHEY
What Can You Do?
Send one e-mail, to your House Rep (find your Rep HERE) and
Speaker of the House Jase Bolger Representative Bolger has been “holding down the fort” to remove the Obama Care appropriation in the bill. Please encourage and thank him.
Phone: (517) 373-1787 Toll Free: 877-BOLGER-1 Tell you Rep to vote NO on HB 5014 or any appropriation bill for Obama Care
Senator Rick Jones Apologizes
I have received a letter of apology from Senator Rick Jones. My thanks to those who e-mailed Senator Richardville on my behalf. My comments to the media are as followed:
Joan Fabiano of the tea party group Grassroots in Michigan has confirmed that she received a letter of apology from Senator Rick Jones stemming from comments Jones made to Fabiano in an e-mail where he asked, “I heard you were on head meds, is that true?”
Fabiano said “I am glad that Senator Jones has acknowledged responsibility and I accept and appreciate and his apology. I also appreciate and want to thank Senator Richardville for his involvement.”
Fabiano goes on to said, “However, I will continue to ask questions as I represent an organization that has members across the state and they expect transparency and accountability from their elected officials. And we have yet to hear publicly from Senator Jones on why he voted for SB 693, the implementation of Obama Care via the creation of a MI Health Care Exchange.”
Addtionally, Since the only communication I ever had with Senator Jones was through my Newsletters, sent to thousand across the state, I have decided to removed him from my Newsletter list.
Mark your Calendar!
The House Health Care Policy Committee will have a public meeting for taking testimony on the passage of SB 693, the creation of a Michigan Health Care Exchange mandated by “Obama Care”
You do not have to speak but a show of force sends the message that we do not want Obama care (creation of a Health Care Exchange) and your presence also helps to support those in the House who oppose it.
Time: 9:00 AM
Place: 519 House Office Building, 124 N Capitol Ave Lansing, MI