Over the last three weeks, several conservative groups have been mustering their supporters to contact the Senate and tell them to vote no on HB 4111, the $31 million appropriation for Health Care Exchanges. This bill has already passed the House and similar legislation had passed the Senate in 2011.

Emails went out from Core Principles, Grassroots in Michigan, Americans for Prosperity, Campaign for Liberty and others, encouraging direct and swift action. You are to be thanked and congratulated. Your emails and phone calls have been working. As reported in the MIRS news, support is not there in the Senate for passage of HB 4111, and here is why, according to MIRS:

"One reason for the trouble is that Senate offices have been deluged with calls against the exchange...in the last three weeks. In fact, many senators have received angry calls since they voted for the original legislation in 2011, thus helping to peel off support this time around. Conservative and Tea Party groups have led the charge."
We must not rest on our laurels, however. A much more important issue is coming up fast, the effort to expand Medicaid in Michigan. You need to be informed and equipped to argue against this action. 


Get an explanation of Medicaid expansion and arguments against it here.


Florida Governor Rick Scott has taken a stand against Medicaid expansion. He said this:


"History has repeatedly shown that the costs of many government healthcare programs far exceed early projections. Why does anyone expect the expansion of Medicaid would be any different? We don't need the federal government telling us what to do when it comes to meeting the needs of the citizens of our states. And we don't need Washington putting states on the hook for future budget obligations.

Medicaid expansion is bad for states because it would put a tremendous strain on state budgets and increase dependency on government programs. We don't need to expand a big-government program to provide for everyone's needs. What we need is to shrink the cost of healthcare and expand opportunities for people to get a job so more people can afford it." Read his full essay here.


We plan to have a full discussion of Medicaid expansion next Thursday, March 21, at the Center Right meeting, to be held at 2:00 p.m., Karoub and Associates in the Governor's Room, 121 West Allegan, Lansing, MI. If you would like to attend this free meeting, register here.


Thanks, again for being "minutemen" and "firing your muskets." Now, keep your powder dry for the next battle, Medicaid expansion.


 -Edmund Burke, British statesman and philosopher


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