Jan 25 2012

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YOU DID IT! – Money and Politics

Congratulations and Thank You to all who e-mailed and went to Committee Meetings!
The Obama Care bill, SB693 has been killed in Committee! Special thanks to House Health Care Committee Chairwoman Rep Gail Haines for giving as “ordinary citizens” an extended opportunity to make our voices heard! And to House Majority Leader Rep Jase Bolger

“The GOP-run state House of Representatives is holding up legislation pushed by Gov. Rick Snyder to create a Michigan health insurance exchange, which threatens to leave the state with a federal marketplace where consumers shop for health coverage.

Many House Republicans are rejecting the wishes of their fellow GOP governor, arguing that they don’t want to prematurely install federal health requirements they consider faulty and unconstitutional.

This past week, the state House Health Policy Committee heard testimony from the public on creating an exchange, one of about 10 weeks of testimony so far on the issue, said Rep. Gail Haines, R-Waterford Township, the committee chairwoman.

Haines said the committee is taking a deliberative approach, but if the Supreme Court finds health reform constitutional, the House will be ready to act. “Rest assured, we are not going to have this run by the federal government,” she said.
State House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, said Friday that the House wants to wait until after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama’s federal health reforms to decide its next steps on the exchange.”...to Read More

Money and Politics

Get away
You get a good job with good pay and you’re okay
It’s a gas
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash
New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I’ll buy me a football team

From the song “Money” by Pink Floyd

It’s no secret there is money in politics, it takes money to run for office

However looking at campaign contributions can be enlightening, especially when you compare those contributions to votes

For instance, I took a look at the campaign contributions of  Senator Jim Marleau who introduced the MI Health Care Exchange (Obama Care) bill (killed in Committee)

I looked up a couple of these contributors and their agendas and found…

Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards – (517) 374-6848
MI 48933-0000 11/08/10 $500.00
Ways to Move the CMH System Forward
Facilitate greater use of electronic health records and electronic exchange of health information. This will improve accuracy,  timeliness, and coordination of physical and mental health care

MI 48933-0000 11/15/10 $2,000.00

From their Newsletter

MI Health Marketplace

Oh look Marleu’s bill —->(SB 693)) Creates the MI-Health insurance exchange; would regulate individual health benefit plans Status: House Health Policy Committee MHA POSITION: SUPPORT

Peace of Mind Registry

Another Marleau bill—->(SB 723) Creates the Peace of Mind Registry for advance directive for health care. Status: Senate Floor MHA POSITION: SUPPORT
This Bill SB 723 moves organ donor program solely from Secretary of State (SOS) to the Department of Community Health (DCH) with creation of a new electronic data gathering program. This bill is another step towards enabling of ObamaCare via the electronic data access and transmission of medical “directives” in the proposed MI Health Care Exchange

Health Insurance

A bill to provide that no person be required to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage.(Obama Care) —->(HB 4050) Would prohibit mandate to obtain individual health insurance coverage. Status: House Health Policy MHA POSITION: OPPOSE

And lets toss in gun control!

Concealed Weapons

(SB 58/HB 4009) Eliminates list of specified premises on which a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon may not carry. Status: Senate Judiciary Committee MHA POSITION: OPPOSE

MI 48348-0000 11/15/10 $500.00
We support candidates who understand roadway and driver safety, financial responsibility, consumer education, and the need for a healthy insurance marketplace in Michigan.

And Health Care Unions MICHIGAN NURSES ASSOCIATION $500.00

Added up “Health” ranked 3rd for all total contributions

Oh and toss in $1,000 from the “Turnaround PAC”(under “Ideology/Single Issue”) the Turnaround PAC is from the “Michigan Turnaround Plan” organization of Democrat and moderate Republicans who endorsed Rick Snyder for Governor and also endorse the NITC/DRIC bridge and “revenue neutral” economics which is just another name for robbing Peter to pay Paul as opposed to actually limiting government and therefore limiting the revenue or taxes needed to run it.

Another curiosity is that although Sen. Marleau introduced the bill SB 693, he never mentioned his “accomplishment” to his constituents in his year-end review Newsletter send on their dime. Link Here

And of course you can’t leave out the fact that the Governor who is from your Party wanted and still wants the Health Care Exchange and said so in his recent State of the State address

“In addition, Snyder renewed his call for legislative approval of the MiHealth Marketplace program,…”

But never fear Senator Marleau even though the next MI Senate elections are not until 2014 we won’t forget your votes, or your campaign contributions and who knows even though you were re-districted favorably someone might just decide to move. Can you say Primary?!

And if you do not wait to 2014 to speak with Senator Marleau in person, you can mosey on over to the Greater Oakland Republican Club (GOGOP) meeting regarding SB 693 held on February 7, 2012 at 7pm at the Orion-Oxford Eagles Club, 317 West Clarkston Rd, Lake Orion, MI. MAP HERE The agenda calls for three speakers Bill Bullard, Sen. Marleau, and one yet to be named speaker


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