Jun 20 2013

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Calling All Republicans!

“Status quo, you know, is Latin for ‘the mess we’re in’.”
President Ronald Reagan


We won a battle today, there was no vote (HB 4714) on the Medicaid Expansion but the war is not over. Indications are TODAY IS KEY to defeating the ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion in Michigan as a vote is being pressed. The spin is that is just tea party folks who are opposed. I KNOW THAT ISN’T TRUE.

If you identify yourself as a Republican (tea party or not) and still believe that the GOP Platform is not just a bunch of words but principles that define the Republican Party then the Senators NEED to hear from YOU. Especially if you have a title in the MIGOP.


Tremendous pressure is being placed on Republican Senators right now to vote for the Expansion.

Senate Majority Floor Leader, Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) (not Sen. Richardville) from Holland has the ultimate authority on a vote.

Please call  Sen. Arlan Meekhof  (517) 373-6920 and encourage him to uphold Republican principles and to refuse to schedule a vote even if directed to by Sen. Richardville.


Please Continue to call:

Sen. Richardville (517) 373-3543

and these Senators. Ask them to stand up for Republican principles and for Michigan!

Mike Kowall (R) 15th State Senate District (517) 373-1758
Tom Casperson  (R) 38th State Senate District (517) 373-7840
Dave Hildebrande (R) 29th State Senate District (517) 373-1801
Howard Walker   (R) 37th State Senate District (517) 373-2413
Mark Jensen (R)  28th State Senate District (517) 373-0797
John Pappageorge (R) 13th State Senate District  (517) 373-2523


“Facts are stubborn thingsJohn Adams


“the law of the land”
Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake,was quoted as saying, “I believe it’s time to stop playing defense on something that’s the law of the land and begin playing offense,” Shirkey said.

Rep Shirkey made a mistake. The Medicaid Expansion is NOT the law of the land. The SCOTUS ruled that the Expansion was unconstitutionally coercive of states and that the states did not have to Expand Medicaid. This is also the reason that states could not be forced to create a state ObamaCare Insurance Exchange

Medicaid Expansion is a CHOICE for all the states.

As of June 14, 2013

13 states NOT PARTICIPATING Alabama, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma,Pennsylvania, South Carolina,South Dakota,Texas,Wisconsin

6 states are LEANING TOWARD NOT PARTICIPATING Alaska, Nebraska,Utah,Virginia,Wyoming

“This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan…Expansion will create more access to primary care providers, reduce the burden on hospitals and small businesses, and save precious tax dollars.” Gov. Rick Snyder, Feb. 06, 2013

“This makes sense for the physical and fiscal health of Michigan”

The ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion is one the largest expansion of government with huge price tag for Michigan citizens. Currently, Medicaid is 25% of Michigan’s total budget and 80% of DCH. In the short term Michigan would see extra Federal dollars but its short term.

In “An Analysis of the Proposed Medicaid Expansion in Michigan” by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) Among their findings, “

Assuming that about 70 percent — around 124,000 — of these newly eligible sign up for Medicaid, the additional cost during the following decade would be $475 million to state taxpayers and nearly $7 billion to federal taxpayers.

A Medicaid expansion would likely shift many insurance costs being borne by the private sector to state taxpayers.

“Expansion will create more access to primary care providers,”
Expanding Medicaid may not improve health outcomes ~

A new NEJM study suggests Medicaid might not improve health care outcomes, raising a flurry of questions for researchers and new doubts about the ACA’s planned Medicaid expansion.

According to the latest update from the much-watched Oregon Health Study—which involves researchers from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the National Bureau of Economic Research—obtaining health insurance appeared to lower  catastrophic medical expenses and reduce mental health problems for previously uninsured patients.(obtained data from 6387 adults who were randomly selected to be able to apply for Medicaid coverage and 5842 adults who were not selected.)

More doctors say they will not accept Medicaid patients. If a doctor is paid $100 to see a patient with private insurance, $70 to see a Medicare patient, and $56 to see a Medicaid patient, which kind of patient is he most likely to want to see? “In-Depth: Medicaid expansion may aggravate M.D. shortage” ( To entice doctors to participate, the federal health law this year temporarily increased pay for those providing primary care services to the same level as Medicare rates — an average 70% pay raise. The pay raise only lasts through 2014, which has limited its effectiveness)

“…reduce the burden on hospitals”

Opposition to Medicaid expansion is getting a boost from an unlikely source—President Barack Obama.

President Obama released his proposed federal budget Wednesday. It includes a one-year delay in reduction of “disproportionate share” Medicaid payments — money hospitals receive for treating large numbers of uninsured patients. Bryant: Obama Budget Undercuts Medicaid Expansion

“reduce the burden on…..small businesses”  Some TRUTH To This Claim

In states that choose not to expand Medicaid, small businesses may be liable for substantial penalties.

The National Federation of Independent Business (who oppose the Expansion) is asking the IRS to exempt small businesses from those fines. “A business should not face expensive penalties for state and regulatory decisions beyond their control,” the group wrote in a March 18 statement to the IRS.

However, this could have been avoided in great measure  The Story Behind the Biggest Mistake in Obamacare

By making the Medicaid expansion optional, the Court exposed this obscure mistake that had been buried in 906 pages of legislation. And it created a huge loophole: In states that aren’t expanding Medicaid, those “in-betweeners” — residents who make between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty line — will now qualify for tax subsidies (in the Federally facillated Exchange) to buy private insurance instead…..

Wisconsin*: Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Feb. 13 announced his rejection of the Medicaid expansion, took advantage of the loophole and …bumping thousands of people from such programs to federal government-run health care exchanges where they can buy private insurance.

Michigan COULD and CAN do this, follow Wisconsin’s example, take advantage of the loop hole, and instead of expanding Medicaid entirely on the backs of Michiganders, enroll them them in the yet to exist (if ever) default Federal Facilitated ObamaCare Exchange and let the Feds pay for their expansion exclusively!

~More Information on the Medicaid Expansion ~

Study: Lure of Federal Medicaid-Expansion Subsidies Should Not Lead Policymakers to Underestimate Medicaid’s Drawbacks or Overlook Other Viable Insurance Options

Grassroots in Michigan Search for “Medicaid

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