On November 2nd, Michigan voters will have a chance to vote on a state wide proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, passed by President Obama and Congress earlier this year.
The proponents of this bill are Republican State Senator Wayne Kuipers and Republican House Representative Tom McMillin, who believe government enforced health care is going to ruin our American health care system, which rated last when compared to seven other developed nations like Germany, Britain, Australia and France.
Why anyone living in the 21st century would be against health care for everyone and the demonetizing of human life is beyond me, so I checked into the voting records of the two congressmen who brought this proposal to the ballot.
Senator Wayne Kuipers’s voting record and Representative Tom McMillin’s voting record can be found at votesmart.org. Once I viewed Kuipers’s and McMillin’s voting records, I got the feeling both men might be playing on people’s fear of the unknown and the rough economic climate most of us are experiencing in Michigan. This would be a traditional Republican power play tactic, the same old tired plays from the same old tired playbook that has brought Michigan to a grinding halt. Especially egregious in both men’s voting records are votes against smoking in the work place and McMillin even voted against Health Insurance for children with Autism.
If Health Care was really their priority, why would they not vote to end smoking in the workplace? Cigarette smoke is a proven killer both from primary and secondary inhaling of the toxic particles found in the smoke according to the Surgeon General of the United States.
While I agree that the Affordable Care Act does not go far enough, it failed in providing every American affordable universal health care, which is our right, a right paid for in the billions of taxes we already pay to our government. Unfortunately, the folks at the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom, who are backing the proposal and paying for the commercial campaign, must not be living in the same reality the 1.1 million people who don’t have any health care at all here in Michigan live in, according to Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation.
Should there even be an industry in the United States that makes trillions off the suffering of ailing human beings? What kind of country are we becoming, when we are financially preying on people’s health, how could such a proposal even be supported by pro-life Republicans?
If it was up to the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom and Michigan congressmen Kuipers and McMillin, the status quo will be just fine for the 1.1 million of us without any health insurance. I’m sure they rather live in a world where healthcare becomes something only the privileged and wealthy can receive and afford. The rest of us will have to manage with no health care at all or inadequate city health clinics that can’t treat any serious disease or injury. After all, congressmen Kuipers and McMillin receive $79,650 a year, according to the State of Michigan, money which comes from our taxes, and both men receive health care that our tax dollars also pay for!
The average yearly salary for a full-time worker in the United States is $35,520, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, your average health care costs are $8000 a year according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which is 22% of your total income; if you want that burden to rise even higher while you struggle to provide health care for your family then vote with the Michigan Citizens for Healthcare Freedom and congressmen Kuipers and McMillin.
If however you are tired of being financial preyed upon for something most of the developed world receives for free, which is known as universal health care, then vote against the Healthcare Proposal to prohibit the Affordable Care Act in Michigan.
Vote Smart / Representative Tom McMillin /http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=19781
Vote Smart / Senator Wayne Kuipers /http://www.votesmart.org/voting_category.php?can_id=19673
State of Michigan / Statewide Ballot Proposal Status /http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Bal_Prop_Status_2010_272754_7.pdf
U.S. Department of Labor / Usual Weekly Earnings Summary /http://www.bls.gov/news.release/wkyeng.nr0.htm
Office of the Surgeon General / The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General /http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/secondhandsmoke/
State of Michigan / Michigan Senate Basic Information Fiscal Year 2009-2010 /http://www.senate.michigan.gov/senators/Michigan%20Senate%20Basic%20Information%20Fiscal%20Year%202009.pdf