Author: Amy Lynn Smith

ACT NOW: Tell your Senator Michigan wants Medicaid expansion

ACT NOW: Tell your Senator Michigan wants Medicaid expansion

We’re so close to making it happen. Keep up the pressure on your Republican legislators. Medicaid expansion passed the Michigan House last week by a wide margin (76-31), which is incredibly encouraging. Now it goes to the Senate for a vote, which is very likely to happen this week before summer recess begins. But pretty much everyone agrees that convincing […]

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UPDATED: Michigan House votes in favor of Medicaid expansion 76 to 31

UPDATED: Michigan House votes in favor of Medicaid expansion 76 to 31

I’ve never been more optimistic. Keep up the activism. UPDATED with links to a new action tool and a petition to be delivered directly to the Senate. See below. I was hopeful, then I was nervous and now I’m genuinely surprised — in the best possible way. I’m thrilled by the number of Michigan Representatives who voted in favor of […]

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There’s more hope than ever for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

There’s more hope than ever for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Forward momentum and signs of compromise are promising. Supporters of Medicaid expansion — which is pretty much everyone except the Tea Party and staunch conservatives, by most accounts — will be happy to hear some positive news. The House Michigan Competitiveness committee voted 9-5 to approve a Medicaid expansion bill, according to an article in the Detroit Free Press. Opponents […]

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Tea Party activists turn against Michigan Gov. Snyder for supporting Medicaid expansion

Tea Party activists turn against Michigan Gov. Snyder for supporting Medicaid expansion

An open letter urges conservatives to “sit out” Governor Rick Snyder’s re-election campaign. That’s how much the Michigan Tea Party hates Obamacare. They’d sabotage the Republican Governor’s chances of winning re-election to prove a point. They published an open letter today railing against Gov. Snyder’s continued efforts to convince the Michigan legislature to accept Medicaid expansion. Never mind the fact […]

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Maintain the momentum: We’re gaining ground on Medicaid expansion

Maintain the momentum: We’re gaining ground on Medicaid expansion

The House GOP is dropping demands for a 48-month cap on Medicaid coverage for able-bodied adults. The Michigan Tea Party can’t be happy about this. There are signs of Republican willingness to compromise on Medicaid expansion, a big step forward in making it a reality in Michigan. Yesterday, a story in Crain’s Detroit Business reported that House Republicans were abandoning […]

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ACTION: There’s still time to be heard on Michigan Medicaid expansion

ACTION: There’s still time to be heard on Michigan Medicaid expansion

There are new signs of hope. Let your legislators know voters overwhelmingly support doing what’s right for everyone. When it comes to accepting Medicaid expansion, there are no losers. Everyone wins. And it’s possible that the Michigan legislature may be coming around to that idea. A Democratic source in the House told Eclectablog there’s still hope for Medicaid expansion. Some […]

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No, Virginia, the DIA is not ruin porn

No, Virginia, the DIA is not ruin porn

One writer’s suggestion that Detroit doesn’t deserve its art treasures is offensive, elitist and idiotic. Although she wrote an article for Bloomberg entitled “Detroit’s Van Gogh Would Be Better Off in L.A.,” Virginia Postrel has never actually set foot in the Detroit Institute of Arts. She says she has been to Detroit, though, so I’m forced to imagine she’s one […]

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‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’: Great entertainment in the great outdoors

‘Monty Python’s SPAMALOT’: Great entertainment in the great outdoors

See the first metro Detroit production of the hit musical in the most congenial spot: Cranbrook’s outdoor Greek Theatre. Are you a fan of knights who sing and dance a lot? How about sublime silliness? Then get thee to St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook the next two weekends to see Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. Just watch out for the killer […]

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Even money can’t talk sense into the Michigan GOP when it comes to Medicaid expansion

Even money can’t talk sense into the Michigan GOP when it comes to Medicaid expansion

How can they claim to be fiscally responsible if they’re willing to throw away billions in savings and revenue? If this doesn’t qualify as legislative malpractice, I don’t know what does. At the very least, it’s malfeasance. On Tuesday, the Michigan Senate approved a state budget that did not include Medicaid expansion — even though the expansion is federally funded. […]

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There’s still hope for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

There’s still hope for Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Governor Snyder is calling in the cavalry to urge legislators to do the right thing. Add your voice, too. In the words of Monty Python (sort of), it’s not dead yet. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Governor Rick Snyder has spoken with U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to find a way to […]

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From the repeals to the ridiculous: Lies Republicans tell about Obamacare

From the repeals to the ridiculous: Lies Republicans tell about Obamacare

Some Republicans will say anything to see the Affordable Care Act fail. The best defense is the truth. Now I’ve heard everything. Well, probably not, when it comes to myths the GOP invents about Obamacare. But this one’s a doozy. On the May 29 edition of The Last Word, I saw Tea Party Republicans leading citizens at a town hall […]

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