Michigan Republicans, Obamacare, Tea Party — July 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

ACTION: Be heard at this week’s Michigan Senate hearings on Medicaid expansion


Government Operations Committee to discuss Medicaid expansion on Tues. and Wed. Speak out in support.

There are at least half a million reasons to support Medicaid expansion in Michigan: providing healthcare coverage to nearly 500,000 uninsured Michiganders, largely the working poor, plus bringing more jobs and revenue into the state. The only reason to oppose Medicaid expansion? Trying to sabotage Obamacare out of ignorance and spite.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold hearings to discuss the Senate’s revised version of Medicaid expansion already passed by the House.

Members of the Michigan Tea Party are up in arms about Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville saying “there’s a good chance” he’ll hold a vote before September. So they’re rallying their forces to show up in opposition to the bill, submit testimony cards or email the committee clerk and ask that their emails be entered into testimony.

Don’t let the voices of support be shouted down by people whose only interest is in defeating Obamacare. Let the voices of support for the health of Michigan’s people and economy ring out, too.

Here are the meeting details:

Tuesday, July 30, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31, 11:00 a.m.
Senate Hearing Room, Ground Floor, Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan Street, Lansing

Be there if you can — especially if you have a personal story about the difference Medicaid expansion would make for you.

Can’t be there in person? Email your testimony to Teri Ambs with the subject line “S-7 substitute for HB 4714.” Be sure to say you support Medicaid expansion and why, and ask that your email be entered into public testimony.

If you don’t have a personal story about the challenges of living without health insurance, include some facts about why Medicaid expansion is good for Michigan. Sadly, some legislators don’t know fact from fiction — or they don’t care, as long as it will satisfy their extremist constituents.

In person or in email, speaking out in support of Medicaid expansion will send a powerful message to the committee. Make sure they know Tea Party members aren’t the only ones who have a voice — or a vote in Michigan’s elections. Not by a long shot.