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Jul 29 2013

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*ALERT* MI Medicaid Expansion Update!

 

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine American Crisis, No. 1 — 1776

In this Issue

I.) Information on Committee for Senate substitute (S-7)

for Medicaid Expansion bill HB 4714

II.)Medicaid Expansion by any other name is still lipstick on a pig

III.) Senator Colbeck introduces first of two bills to enact a patient-centered health care and free market alternative plan

 

I.) Information on Committee for Senate substitute (S-7)

for Medicaid Expansion bill HB 4714

 

The Senate substitute for HB 4714 (House passed Medicaid Expansion bill) by the Healthy Michigan Work-group will have a Senate Government Operations Committee Meeting this *Tuesday and Wednesday.

Senator Kahn is already predicting that the bill will pass!

We would like to have as many present as possible and to also turn in testimony cards

If you can not make the Committee meeting PLEASE E-Mail your testimony to Teri Ambs TAmbs@senate.michigan.gov  with the Subject Line: S-7 substitute for HB 4714

Tuesday and Wednesday Senate Government Operations Committee Information

Location: **PLEASE NOTE TIME AND LOCATION** Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan Street, Lansing, MI 48933

DOWNTOWN STATE & PUBLIC PARKING MAP

Date Tuesday, 7/30/2013

Time 12:00 p.m.

AND

Date Wednesday, 7/31/2013

Time 11:00 a.m.

Location Same as Tuesday

II.) Medicaid Expansion by any other name is still lipstick on a pig

As someone who had previously testified I have seen a draft of the S-7 Senate substitute for HB 4714 however, I am unable to share or copy as the document is password protected. However, I can say that at its core the bill is still an Expansion of Medicaid as proscribed in ObamaCare and as such carries all the effects to Michigan of an ObamaCare expansion,a massive increase in dependency and government control over the health care system carried on the back of Michigan ($2.25 billion over 10 years) and Federal taxpayers.

 

From the S-7 Senate bill:

Expands Medicaid

  • pg 3 Sec. 105c Line 19 Section 2001(a)(1)(C) of ACA,(ObamaCare) 42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(10)(i)(VIII). From 2014 to 2016, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the Medicaid costs of these newly eligible individuals, with the percentage dropping to 90 percent, and the states covering the difference, by 2020

A few of the other Low-lights:

Federally-Facilitated Exchange (Not yet built)

  • pg. 19 LINE 3

Requires Federal waivers

  • pg 4 Line 5 Sec. 105D
  • pg. 9 Line 12
  • pg 35 Line 16 (4)

Government to design incentives for preventive care

  • pg 6 Line 11

Promotes big government

  • The combination of the Medicaid expansion and the woodwork effect would mean that nearly a quarter of Michigan residents will be on Medicaid, a massive increase in dependency and government control over the health care system.
  • Creates New appointed Michigan Health Care Cost and Quality Advisory Committee (8 members) board pg. 24 Line 2 Sec. 105F

So called “Sunset” Clause of Opting Out pg. 21 Line 1-2

Apparently this issue was not directly addressed in the Supreme Court ruling.  The “death panel of one” Secretary of HHS Kathleen Sebilus who is pushing the expansion would make the call. Think of opting out like The Eagles song “Hotel California”“you can check out but you can never leave”


“Court did not address such matters as whether a state that chooses to expand its Medicaid coverage may later decide to “opt out” of that choice and of the expansion requirements; and, whether, now that a state has a “choice,” it must exercise that choice by January 1, 2014, or opt in later if it wishes. First and foremost, these practical ramifications of the Court’s ruling in NFIB, will need to be addressed by the Secretary of HHS, who has overall authority to implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, taking into consideration the Supreme Court’s decision.”  Selected Issues Related to the Effect of NFIB v. Sebelius on the Medicaid Expansion Requirements in Section 2001 of the Affordable Care Act

 

III.) Senator Colbeck introduces first of two bills to enact a patient-centered health-care and free market alternative plan

Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced the first of two bills to enact a patient-centered health-care plan to provide a free market alternative that expands access to quality care without expanding government.

“We need to stop talking about expanding a government program that doesn’t work and start talking about ways to expand affordable care to all of our citizens,” Colbeck said. “The plan that I’m putting forth would allow us to capitalize on our free market system and provide better quality, less expensive health-care to Michigan’s residents while boosting our economy.

 

MORE ABOUT THE BILL(s) IN OUR NEXT NEWSLETTER!

 

 

 

 

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