Schuette fights 'misleading' health care claim, attacks Whitmer's vote cutting AG rate oversight
It had to happen eventually.
The theft by BCBS of Michigan of BILLIONS in taxpayer dollars may now be looked at a little more closely. And all it took was much of that money being used to promote Gretchen Whitmer’s candidacy for governor.
Whitmer, who’s father once ran Blue Cross, has been working the former insurer-of-last-resort for Michigan for her campaign finances. Her actions with regard to policy have reflected the cozy connection that has existed between her and the organization that controlled over $4billion in cash reserves as Michigan’s protected underwriter.
Bill Schuette rightly called out Whitmer today for this relationship, raising so many questions about who Gretchen Whitmer has been working for. Is it the well connected fat cats who run health care policy with billions of taxpayer funded dollars? Or is it the taxpayers, who have seen their premiums skyrocket, and insurance worsen by her actions?
Corruption is real. There is big money in healthcare. It would be a huge mistake for anyone to assume that because she is a Democrat, that it ain’t about taking the money.
Healthcare has officially become an entitlement. You have whole communities full of government junkies and melted away personal responsibility. Elected bureaucracy remains the pusher of socialized (welfare) medicine, and you cannot put enough locks on the safe to keep it out.
Preexisting conditions will remain a mandate on insurers. Even with added penalties for lapses in coverage going forward, accepting, and maintaining responsibility for oneself and one’s family has apparently been cemented as a function of government.
The most humble beginnings
It started simple enough decades ago, with the accepted forms of ‘insurance;’ Social security, Medicare, and for the emergency needs of poverty stricken folks, medicaid. Soon, it was forcing insurance providers to include pregnancy protection for men, and autism support for parents who won’t stay at home with their own children.
Michigan in total, has added 655,635 to it’s medical welfare rolls as of last Monday. This taxpayer funded boondoggle known as “Healthy Michigan” was enacted under a ‘Republican’ controlled legislature, and signed into law by a ‘Republican’ governor. And it is sufficiently generous. The thought of taxpayers providing insurance welfare for those who are 33% above poverty thresholds is maddening.
Asked often enough about government: "Is this even legal? "
One might question the way in which money can be transferred to ‘cover’ other expenses.
We know that pensions are untouchable, but in times of financial distress, some governmental entities are finding out that health care is NOT off the table. However, others are developing more abusive ways to maintain the ‘status-quo.’ From Bloomfield TWP:
Bloomfield Township taxpayers have been receiving higher and higher bills for water and sewer each year. Yet in a controversial 5-2 vote in late 2015, Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees transferred $2.76 million of the fees collected from the citizens water/sewer bills and deposited those millions into a Retired Employees Health Care Trust.
In advance of the State of the Union address MiGOP attempts to 'rally' the team.
I received this from the Michigan Republican party yesterday.
Fair enough, it is the standard partisan preparation used when the opposing party has the soapbox. Tonight, the president delivering the final state of the union speech of his tenure happens to be a Democrat, thus the Republicans must attack. The co-conspirator who the GOP identifies is not Joe Biden as you will see, but Hillary Clinton, the former Bolshevik diplomat apparatchik of Obama, and the presumptive nominee of the Democrat party.
I take some issue with the presentation of this, as Obama and Clinton, and the Democrat party have done only what they have been allowed to do by Republicans. Our state Republicans included. It begins:
In our ongoing effort to arm you with information, we are pleased to send you talking points on the failed policies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton in advance of the State of the Union address tomorrow. It is vital to our nation’s future that we point out of the failures of the Obama presidency and all join together to elect a Republican who can defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016. As always, thanks for all that you do!
Naturally, the choir has assembled and is going to get its first sermon.
The stage is set; Obama/Clinton equal failure. Don’t forget however, that we must elect a Republican who can defeat Hillary in 2016 (assuming she is not wearing stripes). Of course this must be mentioned, as most certainly that person has not yet risen to the top of polling. Yet.
What at first appeared to be a reach out to get input for a post-SCOTUS ruling direction was just a scam.
Not at all surprising however.
Given that it was from team Benishek. I though perhaps he was noticing how folks have lost all respect for him, and as contrition, was reaching out to see what would make folks a little more confident in his future performance. Gosh, maybe it was in response to my put up or shut up articles!
The email arrived with this heartfelt message:
With more than three decades in the medical field, I know how important it is for our healthcare system to empower patients and their doctors, not federal bureaucrats in Washington.
Too often, Washington politicians try to pass laws without talking to the people who have to live with the consequences. Any doctor will tell you that listening to your patients is one of the most important parts of medicine. I believe this is true in politics as well.
That’s why I want to hear from you.
Jason, please take my survey to let me know what you think of ObamaCare, and how we can build a better healthcare system.
Our current system isn’t working, and I know we can do better. With your support, we can fight for a bottom up healthcare system that empowers people not politicians.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts,
So I clicked the link. I diligently filled out the form answering the ready-made questions, and then I offered offered some “other thoughts” that were being solicited at the bottom. I typed in:
We finally have a chance to tell Obama where to shove the atrocity known as the ACA, but ...
The play is set.
State Senator Jim Marleau is simply a two faced Obama sycophant. He operates under the Republican banner, but he has presented himself as a wimpy cradle-to-grave patriarchal potlicker. On the upcoming decision in the Supreme Court he doesn’t represent the stated GOP view that Obamacare is bad, but rather wonders aloud (sympathetically) what all the leeches in Michigan will do if their precious health care entitlements go away. And then he suggests something must be done!
“He could have done it that way to begin with, but he wasn’t really excited about that,” said state Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion.
“I think he’d have to. Our back is up against the wall, and we’ve got a lot of people in this state who are using it. That’s the thing. What do you do with those people?”
Let them find their own insurance without fear of penalties you imbecile!
A Jon Gruber production is dissected appropriately.
The recent Jonathan Gruber code blue is just too good to pass up.
It reveals so much that is wrong with the progressive mind. In that spirit we mock the liar and his personally narrated special message for all the stupid people who buy into the ACA as anything other than the worst disaster in American Health Care.
Oh and don’t forget those who voted to expand the ACA in Michigan
A few Nights ago, we had the pleasure of a visit in Traverse City by Dr Rob Steele for a visit with Representative Greg MacMaster, a talk on the ACA and health care in general.
Dr. Steele has a place up in this neck of the woods, and is quite at home in his home away from the Peoples Republic of Ann Arbor. In 2010, Dr. Steele came as close to victory as any have over congressman John Dingell; holding Dingell to his lowest percentage of votes in his 55-year career in Congress. He is again pursuing a spot as U of M Regent.
In any event, we recorded his presentation. Enjoy.
The number of paid enrollment across the country is bad enough but in Michigan only about half have opened their wallets.
Michigan’s number is less than the 67% national percentage of enrolled + paid ACA participants in the federal exchanges. (note the 67% may change soon as Oregon joins the federal program, currently with 0 participants) That 67% figure undermines the 8 million number that the administration says are signed up, resulting in just over 5 million to date having signed up and paid.
In Michigan only 55% of enrollees in the ACA have opened their wallets. And along with those 55%, there are some other numbers that stand out; Of the under 18 year olds, only 6% are enrolled and paid, the 18-25 year olds only 10%. Given that the plan to fund the ACA was with these healthy young specimens paying their fair share up front, this is going to pose a little problem for ongoing operation of this scam. Heck, even the 26-35 demographic has only a 17% E & P.
Yesterday Local TV 7&4 had a story on the lay off of 43 employees, and the director had only alluded to the reaosns why. Today the report is much clearer and more direct. Add to the layoffs a little North of where I am at is the Munson health system which will be facing significant reductions in revenues to the tune of $15 Million averaged EACH YEAR over the next ten years.