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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    Sen. Repubs Squander Political Capital On Insurance Mandate

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 02:44:35 PM EST
    Tags: Snyder, Calley, Medical Insurance Mandate, Autism (all tags)

    Expect a vote as early as this coming week.

    via michiganvotes.org

    Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) on February 23, 2012, to authorize state subsidies to health insurance companies to compensate for the new coverage mandate proposed by Senate Bills 414 and 415, which would require them to include autism coverage in all their policies. The bill does not specify where the money would come from.

    Continued below.

    A note of interest:

    Looking at the process used by the Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) to derive the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) legislation revenue estimate, health expenditures in Michigan are close to $80.0 billion. Once out-of-pocket costs and Medicare costs are subtracted (as Medicare rarely covers children), the expenditure base is closer to $50.0 billion. The $255.0 million figure represents about 0.5% of total health care expenditures. Therefore, a reasonable conclusion is that implementation of the bills would increase health insurance costs by a maximum of 0.5% and likely less than that.

    Research in other states resulted in similar conclusions, with an estimated cost increase of $50 per policy per year reflected in analyses in South Carolina and Wisconsin, with a significantly lower cost estimate of $5 to $20 per policy per year in Indiana. These estimates correspond to rate increases of 0.1% to 0.5%.

    In 2011, the SFA estimated that paid health claims for State and local government in Michigan are about $3.6 billion in State and local  revenue. If the 0.5% figure is correct and none of the State and local entities are self-insured, then the legislation would increase State and local expenditures by $18.0 million per year, with about half of those costs accruing to school districts. Given the general belief that at least half of the public employees in the State work for entities that self-insure, the most useful estimate is that the legislation would increase State and local expenditures by $9.0 million per year.

    The 2010 Lame duck Senate Majority Repubs rejected the idea of bringing the mandate to a vote as it's a bad economic idea.  Nothing has changed in 2012.  Better coordinated effort this time, Lt. Calley?  Indeed.  Membership certainly has its privileges with regard to 0.15% of the state population.

    To see who voted for 2009 HB 4476 click here.  For 2009 HB 4183 click here.  Thank those who voted NO, and please remind them to do so again.

    < An Open Letter to Michigan Republicans | Mitt Romney Urged Obama to Embrace the Individual Mandate >

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    I understand the frustration by those (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 04:50:14 PM EST
    who have autistic kids.

    The costs associated with the proper treatment can be overwhelming.  But it is not the responsibility of other people.  Calley is close to it, and a friend up here is close to it, and they both will do all they can to justify spending taxpayer dollars, mandating private insurers, and generally robbing Peter to pay for Paul's kids' problem.

    Life isn't fair sometimes.

    But does it justify stealing?

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