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Up until this point and minus any actual bill I've been unsure about House Speaker Andy Dillon's proposal- not plan- to load all state employees into one large insurance pool complete with modest co-pays and premiums in an effort to save, by his estimate, $900 million.
With a state budget $1.8 billion in the red and federal stimulus cash disappearing faster than Vanilla Ice (and leaving just as unpleasant a memory) I'm willing to listen to just about any kind of plan to shake up the status quo in Lansing.
When the Michigan Education Association lambasted Dillon I was that much more prone to agree with the man. When Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox several days ago supportively praised Dillon's concept I became that much more encouraged by the possibility of bipartisan cooperation and real "change."
This morning, personally, I'm chalking up one more notch on the PRO side of the ledger... spite. Pure, unadulterated, spite.
Booth Newspapers reported late yesterday that Governor Jennifer Granholm hates Dillon's idea because, apparently, it is a difficult political issue. And if that doesn't make you want to find the nearest Granholm apologist and shake him firmly you're a better, more balanced person than me.
Um, hello? McFly? McFlyyyy? Anybody home McFly? A $1.8 billion CHRONIC budget deficit, a nation's worst 15.2 percent unemployment rate and already a half-million one-time-residents exported to other states... those issues are challenging. "Timing" has got freaking nothing on the economy the Governor, her number two John Cherry and Dillon himself have done their best over the last half-decade to permanently cripple.
The "timing is challenging?" Are you kidding me? Madame Governor... look around this state! You're worried that the timing is challenging? The timing is challenging. Lamest excuses in the history of lame excuses. Add that one to the lame excuse hall of fame right alongside "the dog ate my homework" and "I have to wash my hair."
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