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Old May 11th, 2006, 05:12 PM   #1
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LANSING – Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Thursday she is pursuing a statewide health insurance program to cover 1 million low-income adults and employees of small businesses, similar to a new statewide health care plan in Massachusetts.

Her proposed $1.1 billion plan would redirect federal money to cover health care for some 550,000 people who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level and do not qualify for Medicaid or other health care coverage.

Those who join the new state plan would pay a portion of the insurance premiums, Granholm said.

Granholm said the state is negotiating with the federal government to allow the use of a billion in federal funds for her proposed Michigan First Health Care Plan. She said because the $1.1 billion would come from federal and existing state funds for mental health, her health plan would not cost the state more money.

She said she hopes to have the insurance plan in place by April of 2007. She said it would require some legislation as well.

In addition to directly insuring 550,000 individuals, Granholm’s plan would allow small businesses to join private health insurance pools through the state. Many of the 1.1 million uninsured people in Michigan work for employers who do not offer health care coverage, Granholm said. The state would help enroll employees and administer their health plans, in order to save costs for employers.

The private health plans would have to cover basic health services, including emergency care and mental health.

Granholm said the use of federal money and private health insurers would be “a uniquely American solution to the cost of health care.”

She said by giving low income adults access to regular health care, fewer of them would use expensive hospital emergency rooms for ailments that go untreated.

Also, a state-subsidized health care plan would reduce costs for private insurers who now subsidize health care for the poor, especially emergency room treatment, Granholm said.



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Old May 11th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #2
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Old May 12th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #4
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She's relying heavilly on the money-for-nothing, "what can you do for me" dirtbag votes.
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One of the critical impediments to more people running their own small business is the cost of health care. I don't know enough about her proposal to comment other than if she came up with it, it probably sucks. However, I would most likely support the idea of supplementing small business owners for the cost of health care premiums. The country needs more small businesses instead of mammoth monster corporations. I know when I looked into health insurance when I was let go from my old job that it was cost prohibitive and went 6 months without even a major medical policy, except what would have been covered under my auto policy in the event of a wreck.
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she'll say she needs more time to make it happen, ask for re-election so she can do it, then drop it after election time...
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One of the critical impediments to more people running their own small business is the cost of health care. I don't know enough about her proposal to comment other than if she came up with it, it probably sucks. However, I would most likely support the idea of supplementing small business owners for the cost of health care premiums. The country needs more small businesses instead of mammoth monster corporations. I know when I looked into health insurance when I was let go from my old job that it was cost prohibitive and went 6 months without even a major medical policy, except what would have been covered under my auto policy in the event of a wreck.

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:dunno: It worked for Kwame..
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Damn Canadians and their crazy-ass healthcare ideas. :tonka:
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Terrible idea. We all end up paying for it through taxes.

Doctors make way less money, so all the good ones leave the state.

Everybody will be delayed in receiving care when they need it. When everyone has insurance, all of a sudden there will be a large influx of doctors visits for minor issues. This will clog the system and create delays for necessary treatment just like canada.

Even Hillary abandoned her crazy idea of nationalizing healthcare.
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If you earn 200% below the poverty level you have done nothing in life to deserve health care.

Check out time.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 09:28 PM   #14
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If you earn 200% below the poverty level you have done nothing in life to deserve health care.

Check out time.


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200% below poverty level is what $20/year??? So they are a leech off of society with medicaid, are living in government housing and eating with food stamps..... so now lets give them better healthcare, why not free cable and a plasma screen while we're at it.
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If you earn 200% below the poverty level you have done nothing in life to deserve health care.

Check out time.

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If you earn 200% below the poverty level you have done nothing in life to deserve health care.

Check out time.

Read it again, it says less than 200% of the poverty level, meaning 2x the poverty level line. NOT 200% below the poverty level.



As for Kwame, that was more of a "we're sticking it to the man!" kind of voting. Yes it screws everyone, but the poor ones are already used to it. Seemed like an attempt for them to mess with the suburbs. A "Well, if the more affluent whites hate him... shit, we'll vote him in just to piss them off!"

Or that's at least how I saw it.
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