Stand on Health Care Wins Gov. Snyder Praise from Human Services Group
Romney Opposes Federal Plan in U-M Talk, Criticized by Wall Street Journal
July 10, 2011
By: Dave Rogers
Every Republican governor in the nation has signed a letter seeking repeal of the federal health care legislation except one -- Rick Snyder of Michigan.
That courageous stand has won high praise from Gilda Z. Jacobs, president of the Michigan League for Human Services.
Dear Governor Snyder:
"On behalf of the Michigan League for Human Services, I am writing to commend and thank you for declining to sign the letter to Rep Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, seeking full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more flexibility in the Medicaid program.
"We applaud your willingness to set aside politics and pursue an agenda that is focused on what is best for the residents of Michigan.
We heartily agree with your concern about "a quality and robust safety net to those most vulnerable in Michigan."
"The Medicaid program is a key component of the state's safety net and is already greatly strained. Therefore, we appreciate your support of the Medicaid program in the budget process, recommending no cuts to eligibility, services, or provider rates.
"We are very pleased that your administration is moving forward to implement the Affordable Care Act and recognize the importance of a strong Medicaid program on which to build to achieve the major coverage expansion called for in the ACA.
"We look forward to working with you to improve the Medicaid program and achieve increased coverage in Michigan which is key to improving health status and outcomes for Michiganders."
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 29 issued a ruling supporting the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's expansion of health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured people.
Following is the statement on the ruling from the Michigan League for Human Services:
"The decision reaffirms the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's requirement and opportunity to provide health coverage to indivduals who are uninsured.
"Nearly 1 million people in Michigan lost private health care coverage between 2000-2001 and 2008-2009, the biggest decline in the country. This ruling brings us one step closer to unimpeded, full implementation of the law.
"This is great news for the estimated 1.2 million Michiganians who will gain quality, affordable health care coverage when the law is fully implemented."
The Michigan governor's stand puts him in direct conflict with that of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who spoke recently in Ann Arbor at a closed meeting.
The former Massachusetts governor outlined his plan to repeal the health care law, and replace it with incentives for states to come up with their own solutions to the problem of people who are uninsured.
Michigan Public Radio reported on the candidate's talk at the University of Michigan, that operates one of the nation's leading hospital systems.
"Our plan was a state solution to a state problem," Romney said, referring to a program he put in place while governor of Massachusetts. "And this is a power grab by the federal government to put in
place a 'one-size-fits-all' plan across the nation."
Romney said the Obama administration's health care plan is flawed.
"They fundamentally distrust free enterprise and distrust the idea that states are where the power of government resides," said Romney.
Romney said he will not apologize for the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, even though it might help him politically.
Romney's biggest obstacle to winning the Republican presidential nomination is probably the health care issue, said radio commentator Steve Carmody.
"He championed a health care plan in Massachusetts that served as a basis for the federal health care law."
The Wall Street Journal editorialized that unless Romney can explain why his plans for health care reform are different from the president's, then he might make a better running mate for Obama in 2012 than the GOP presidential nominee.
Mr. Carmody also has reported that health care leaders in Washtenaw County say they are not ready for the federal health care law that is slated to take effect in 2014.
Officials with the University of Michigan?s medical system, the Washtenaw County Health Department and other groups have been meeting since January to discuss the potential effects of the law.
They are concerned that the new law will create a big jump in demand for a variety of medical needs, including dental care and mental health treatment. They predict 50 thousand more low income, uninsured people will be added to the county's Medicaid rolls.
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THE GUV HAS BEEN TRUE TO HIS WORDS. I DID NOT SUPPORT HIS CAMPAIGN BUT I APPROVE HIS BUSINESS LIKE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR STATE OFFICES AND AGENCIES. WE ALL MUST PULL TOGETHER TO INSURE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OURS AND HOPEFULLY MANY FUTURE GENERATIONS .. SQUANDERING STATE FUNDS IS NO LONGER A "SPORT" IN MICHIGAN
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