Liberals, Progressives and Socialist Win the day in Lansing with the Medicaid Expansion Passage

Medicaid Expansion

One has to wonder what went on in those smoke filled back rooms leading up to the passage of right to work. What kind of deals were struck with the Union Bosses is anybody’s guess but with the recent proposed and passed legislation one has to think some heavy duty political horse trading went on.

Since the right to work was passed into law we have many pieces of legislation that should not have been passed under Republican control. Take the autism legislation as but one such example which falls under the “Hillary Clinton liberal mentality of it takes a village”. This legislation was introduced in 2007 by state representative Kathy Angerer a Monroe Democrat and was soundly defeated by the Republicans under Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop’s watch.

2007 House Bill 5527: Impose autism treatment insurance mandate Introduced by Rep. Kathy Angerer (D) on December 4, 2007, to impose a new coverage mandate that would require Blue Cross Blue Shield to include in all their health care insurance policies coverage for treatments related to autism, without requiring any dollar limit, deductible or co-pay for these that does not apply to other disorders.

Fast forward to 2012

2012 Senate Bill 981: Authorize autism-mandate insurance company subsidies Public Act 101 of 2012 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. But we all know where the money will come from don’t we, that’s right, we the taxpayers! Does anybody really think these insurance companies will not pass this extra cost burden onto every rate payer in the state of Michigan?

While the good governerd is on one of his trips to China lieutenant governor Brian Calley signs this legislation into law and by the way he also has skin in this game because he has a daughter with autism. Calley even had the nerve as to send me an email addressing me as Fellow Conservative. You Mr. Calley are NO Conservative!

Michigan Senate Passes Medicaid Expansion
This is bigger than right-to-work and it will definitely split the already fractured party that was evident at the last MIGOP state convention over the re-election of a known Socialist Democrat contributor as chairman and the Conservatives. Grassroots and Tea Party faithful will retaliate by withholding their support in the upcoming 2014 election and rightfully so for this passage is not in keeping with the Republican Party ideology.

The 20-18 vote, which paved the way for Michigan to become the 24th state to approve a broadened Medicaid program, came after hours of political horse trading. A key moment came when Sen. Tory Rocca, a Sterling Heights Republican, switched his allegiance to Gov. Snideholm’s progressive plan. But in the end, the deciding vote was cast by GOP Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba after a Senate recess, Casperson switched his vote to “yes” after securing an amendment at that point the “deal” was done! Click the link below to see how they voted.

What did the MIGOP membership think when they elected a Socialist Democrat contributor as their chairman? Oh yea but he can raise all that money! Well, how’s that working out for the Conservatives and Grassroots of the MIGOP? Not so good I’d say! Next up a new “Gas Tax” and “Vehicle Registration Fee” increase! Hold onto your wallets folks the cost of living is going up.

One Thought on “Liberals, Progressives and Socialist Win the day in Lansing with the Medicaid Expansion Passage

  1. SovereignMary on August 28, 2013 at 11:58 am said:

    Toady – “A person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons” —
    “Eight Republicans joined the 12 Democratic senators who voted “yes,” which pushed the bill forward after Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, flipped from an earlier “no” vote.” —
    Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe; Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights; Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion; Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake; Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw; Sen. Geoff Hansen, R-Hart; Sen. Howard Walker, R-Traverse City; Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba
    Eight Senate Republicans Join Democrats In Passing Obamacare Medicaid Expansion
    Bill headed back to the House – By Jack Spencer | Aug. 28, 2013
    “After the Senate Republicans caucused, Sen. Casperson offered an amendment to the bill to limit the amount that hospitals could charge uninsured patients. After his amendment was adopted, he switched his vote to “yes.”
    – Sen. Casperson represents an Upper Peninsula district. He’s expected to run for re-election in 2014 and possibly run for Congress in 2016.”

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