Tag: Michigan

Michigan bill would require health facilities to adhere to medical standards of care

Michigan bill would require health facilities to adhere to medical standards of care

House Bill 5674 is grounded in medical science and puts patient safety above religious ideology.

A medical emergency is a dire situation, no matter who you are or what you believe. But when a patient shows up in the emergency room of a Catholic-affiliated hospital, she doesn’t know whether she’ll be treated based on established medical standards of care or the religious beliefs of the hospital and staff. This can have life-threatening consequences, as I’ve written about here for more than a year

Catholic health systems are governed by religious directives written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. These directives forbid Catholic-affiliated facilities to provide abortion care, reproductive healthcare and other services based strictly on religious beliefs — not medical standards.…

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As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

As Gov. Snyder touts Michigan’s economy, local municipalities and families circle the drain

In an interview with the Associated Press last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pointed to Michigan’s economy as heading in the right direction.

Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday said people should be mindful of Michigan’s continued economic resurgence even as the state grapples with lead in Flint’s drinking water and enormous debt in Detroit’s public school district.

The Republican governor, while acknowledging his administration’s “challenges,” said he is trying to “set the tone that we need to be more positive and proactive.” He said the state’s 4.8 percent unemployment rate has stayed flat despite the addition of 104,000 people seeking work, and its per-capita personal income growth was fourth-fastest in the U.S.…

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GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

GUEST POST: What’s next for #PureMichigan?

Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.

Now that Snyder has effectively ruined our state brand, we should be thinking about what it is we DO want to be known for. We’ll have the chance to replace him in 2018 (or maybe even sooner, if he steps down or is forced to resign), but Michigan needs a lot more than a better leader at the top.

If you think back to the heyday of the auto industry, Michigan was a booming state. My grandparents moved here because there were good-paying jobs to be had in Michigan.…

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GUEST POST: We broke Michigan – the insidious and harmful impact of term limits on democracy

GUEST POST: We broke Michigan – the insidious and harmful impact of term limits on democracy

Today’s guest post is by Laura Packard, a partner at PowerThru Consulting, a growing national progressive digital consulting shop.

Enjoy.

With both the GOP and Democratic presidential candidates coming to Michigan this week for their respective debates, I hope some of the larger issues that Michigan (and the country) faces will finally be addressed.

Michigan state government has been broken for decades, but it’s just now coming to people’s attention outside our state. How did this happen? And could it happen to you?

The Michigan legislature used to be populated (at least somewhat) by dedicated public servants on both parties.…

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As we learn more about the #FlintWaterCrisis, now what?

As we learn more about the #FlintWaterCrisis, now what?

In comments here at Eclectablog and in many other media spaces around the globe, people are clamoring for the resignation of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. For Michigan residents, that call has been ringing in the halls of this great state almost from the moment he was sworn into office for his first term.

If we get into the “Way Back Machine”, we will remember that in his first State of the State address Gov. Snyder announced that, as a result of his research, it was time to get rid of item pricing in retail stores. This, he said, would save consumers money, make life easier, and provide an easier path to making sure you weren’t being overcharged.…

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An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

An inside look at restrictions on Michigan abortion care providers

Laws and regulations imposed on clinics have nothing to do with patient care — and everything to do with limiting abortion access.

In part one of this two-part series, I wrote about TRAP laws in Texas and across the country. The question of whether these sneaky, dangerous laws are Constitutional is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they restrict women’s legal access to abortion by forcing abortion providers to adhere to regulations not required of any other medical professionals.

To learn more about Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws and other abortion restrictions in Michigan, I spoke with Renee Chelian, founder and CEO of Northland Family Planning Centers (NFP), and Lara Chelian, director of advocacy and development for NFP.…

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Emergency Management now a “thing”. First Michigan, then Indiana, then New Jersey, and now Illinois

Emergency Management now a “thing”. First Michigan, then Indiana, then New Jersey, and now Illinois

One of the reasons I have written about Emergency Management in Michigan ad nauseum is because I contend that we are the testing ground for this anti-democratic move in state governments, the “beta testers”, if you will. With the evidence now in and showing it to be a colossal failure, other states are still moving forward with it. Indiana was the first. They were followed by New Jersey. And now it’s Illinois

First, let’s take a look at what’s happening in New Jersey. Atlantic City is struggling under an implosion of their gaming industry which has cratered their city budget (no thanks, in part, to presidential candidate Donald Trump.) Their emergency manager recommended passage of a package of bills to bail out the beleaguered city and the man who appointed him, presidential candidate Gov.…

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Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?

Obama admin sent letters of reassurance to GOP governors. NOW will Gov. Snyder reverse himself on accepting Syrian refugees?

As LOLGOP wrote about Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder, who was the first governor in the USA to say he wouldn’t allow Syrian refugees to come to our state, said he wants a “pause” in providing a safe harbor for the refugees until “an appropriate review” can be done to ensure our screening processes are adequate. When NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep asked him what problems he has with our current process, he was unable to name even one.

Inskeep then asked him what it would take for him to reverse his stance. Here is his response:

I really wanted [the federal government] to come back and say, you know, ‘We have now made a review of these at least three situations’ and believe their current system is acceptable or not or that they’re making some modifications

You can listen to the entire interview here:

As it turns out, the Obama administration has now given Gov.…

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Stand with Planned Parenthood in Michigan on Lobby Day 2015

Stand with Planned Parenthood in Michigan on Lobby Day 2015

If you can’t be in Lansing for Lobby Day, you can show your support virtually from wherever you are.


Today, November 5th, Planned Parenthood supporters from across Michigan are gathering in Lansing to show the Legislature that they stand with the healthcare organization and the vitally important healthcare services they provide.

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan (PPAM) is holding the Lobby Day to call attention to the role Planned Parenthood plays in life-saving preventive healthcare, and to urge legislators to pass proactive legislation that increases access to women’s medical services.

More than 20 bills have been introduced to help expand women’s access to safe, affordable health care, but none have been given priority by majority leaders or committee chairs.…

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Attacks on Planned Parenthood continue despite no evidence of illegal activity

Attacks on Planned Parenthood continue despite no evidence of illegal activity

Between a nationwide protest on Saturday and a pledge from lawmakers to keep digging for evidence of wrongdoing, the healthcare organization faces ongoing scrutiny.

Facts are facts, but opponents of Planned Parenthood won’t let a little thing like the truth get in their way. Instead, they’d rather keep wasting taxpayer resources and harassing patients seeking legal healthcare services.

As Chris wrote here earlier this week, two Michigan state departments that reviewed practices at Planned Parenthood after legislators called for an investigation found no evidence that the organization is illegally handling fetal tissue.

According to MLive, the departments of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Health and Human Services issued a joint statement saying, in part:

LARA and MDHHS have thoroughly reviewed our regulatory oversight regarding the investigations and inspections of licensed facilities and individuals and there is no evidence to date that illegal practices are occurring.…
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How defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk

How defunding Planned Parenthood would put health and lives at risk

While anti-choice activists try to fight the truth with misinformation, it’s imperative to defend the facts.

This post is not about abortion. It’s about people’s health and lives.

I’m not shying away from the fact that abortion is a legal healthcare service, and that it accounts for 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides. No one is denying that fact and we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about it. Abortion is a choice that every woman has the right to make for herself.

But with a vote to defund Planned Parenthood looming in the U.S. Senate, expected on Monday, we must look at what’s at stake here — the 97 percent of essential healthcare services Planned Parenthood provides that protects the health and well-being of women, men and babies.…

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