Michigan Republican Senate Candidate Terri Lynn Land Comes Out For Single-Payer Healthcare Insurance! Seriously!*
As far as Julie Boonstra being taken advantage of, I don’t think it’s just AFP that’s involved. She owns a home in Dexter with the former chair of the Washtenaw County Republican Party Mark Boonstra.
— Eclectablog, this morning
Hmm. Okay, so it’s not just Ms. Boonstra who can’t perform simple math, it’s also former Washtenaw County Republican Party chair Mark Boonstra who can’t, at least if he communicates regularly with the person with whom he owns a home in Dexter, Mich. Or maybe he can, but just didn’t.
In any event, the Americans for Prosperity ad featuring Ms. Boonstra has been targeting Rep. Gary Peters, the Dem candidate to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin. Peters’ opponent is Terri Lynn Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, who earlier came out for full repeal of Obamacare. Michigan is one of the few states with Republican governors to adopt the ACA’s Medicare expansion, which will begin this spring and, as Greg Sargent points out, will provide healthcare coverage to about 400,000 Michigan residents.
Given Land’s repeal-Obamacare stance, Sargent asked her campaign whether she wants the Medicaid expansion repealed along with the rest of the law. Sargent published the campaign’s response to him yesterday:
“Terri believes that healthcare should be affordable and accessible to all Americans and that we as a society have a moral obligation to help those who are not as fortunate and their children. Terri applauds Governor Snyder for doing what he believes is best for Michigan families, while complying with mandates from Congress brought down in ObamaCare.
“Out of control government spending is killing jobs and has put the federal government more than $17 trillion in debt. Now, Congress is making big promises to the most vulnerable among us. We’ve already heard the President and Members in Congress break the promise that if you like your healthcare, you could keep it.
“As a mom, business owner and public servant, Terri knows that ObamaCare does not work, and she supports health care reform that truly makes coverage affordable and accessible — that doesn’t kick people off their plan, force them to switch doctors, or increase their premiums.”
Terri knows that ObamaCare does not work, and she supports health care reform that truly makes coverage affordable and accessible — that doesn’t kick people off their plan, force them to switch doctors, or increase their premiums.
Awesome. Ms. Land’s campaign has, in other words, announced to Sargent that Land supports a single-payer healthcare insurance program for all Americans. ObamaCare does not work, Ms. Land complains, because it does not truly makes coverage affordable and accessible, and it kicks people off their plan and forces them to switch doctors, or increases their premiums.
Presumably, she also thinks coverage should actually cover medical care, since that is the purpose of healthcare “coverage,” right?
You go, girl!
CLARIFICATION: In light of a comment to this post indicating that the title of the post might be read literally, I want to clarify that that title is intended facetiously. It’s an attempt to point out that the only way that what she says she wants to see and that Obamacare is a failure because it does not do those things is for there to be a single-payer Medicare-like healthcare insurance program available to everyone. 3/2
* Post edited slightly for clarity after initial posting.
UPDATE: Mark Boonstra has excellent healthcare insurance for himself. He is a Michigan Court of Appeals judge.
Unfortunately Governor Snyder had little to do with the passage of the PPACA in Michigan.
– The Republican Legislature did not accept the healthcare exchanges and waited until the last minute in which to decide in the hope something over the rainbow would occur that negated the PPACA. The Federal Gov stepped into to do the same as it did for many other states. Unfortunately, Michigan was one state too many and we lived through the results.
– The Republican Legislature failed to pass the Medicaid Expansion last Summer and decided to go on vacation. Of course Senator Joe Hune of my district was nauseated with the passage of the Medicaid expansion which by itself impacted 6000 people in Livingston County. Hopefully they all get out and vote as that would put chubby out on the street.
– The Republican Legislature did come back from vacation and pass the Medicaid Expansion. Randy Richardville took the opportunity to delay implementation till April 1st costing the state $7 million/day in subsidies.
– Of the Senators who opposed the Medicaid Expansion; 18 Republican senators who opposed extending health care eligibility to Michigan’s working poor — every one! — voted in November 2011 for legislation to make sure that every incumbent Republican senator except Colbeck (and every Democratic incumbent except state Sen. Vince Gregory, D-Southfield), would enjoy lifetime medical benefits. That would include: Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart; Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township; Sen. Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale; Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan; Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, and Sen. Marc Jansen, R-Grand Rapids, Sen. Dave Hildebrand, R-Lowell; Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg; Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; Sen. Arlan Meekhof,R-West Olive; and Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy; Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair; Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph; Sen. David Robertson,R-Grand Blanc, and Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. They did not want to burden future generations with those who were eligible for the Medicaid expansion so they did so with their own carcasses on September 2011. How noble and the poor on Medicaid pay for that also.
– If spent properly, the funding received will fund the expansion until 2028 well beyond the expiration date of 2018. “FISCAL ANALYSIS OF GOVERNOR SNYDER’S MEDICAID EXPANSION PROPOSAL.” This of course unless some Congressional Republican led legislature decides to cut it short. I can see what the state Republicans are afraid of, there bros might stab them in the back.
The state was gerrymandered a few years back yielding a state legislature of Repubs. The state was 2nd to Texas in signing the letter to John Boehner requesting the defunding of the PPACA. I think it may change this year as I for one will keep reminding the constituents of who did what
Yeah. Excellent, thorough comment, run.
Wow, lifetime healthcare! And the people of Michigan did not get upset with this? I mean public employees and unions and teacher and all.
THAT headline is a little hard to believe considering the Republican persuasion of the Lady.
It’s intended facetiously, Mike. It’s an attempt to point out that the only way that what she says she wants to see and that Obamacare is a failure because it does not do those things is for there to be a single-payer Medicare-like healthcare insurance program available to everyone.