So will the GOP
blame thank Obama and his evil Marxist socialist Kenyan Muslim Affordable Care Act for helping Detroit cope with bankruptcy, financial martial law (see above video), and failed GOP state and national economic policies, erosion of public services, union busting, and deregulation? Will they admit their hypocrisy?
You can stop laughing now.
As Detroit enters the federal bankruptcy process, the city is proposing a controversial plan for paring some of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs: pushing many of those too young to qualify for Medicare out of city-run coverage and into the new insurance markets that will soon be operating under the Obama health care law.
Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers.
Similar proposals that could shift public sector retirees into the new insurance markets, called exchanges, are already being planned or contemplated in places like Chicago; Sheboygan County, Wis.; and Stockton, Calif. [...]
[T]he health law’s guarantee of federal subsidies to help people with modest incomes afford coverage has made the new insurance markets tantalizing for local governments.
The downside: Policies bought through an exchange could be more expensive for retirees than public sector health plans. On the other hand, some could end up spending less on coverage bought through the online markets than they do now.
And because Michigan is under King Rick Snyder's control, it is one of the Republican states that opted out of expanding Medicaid. Way to go, Ricky!
On Thursday, Michigan’s Public Act 36 comes into effect and Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr becomes Emergency Manager (EM), granting him an expansion of his authority over the city, including the ability to unilaterally override collective bargaining agreements. However, a group of activists which includes PoliticsNation host Rev. Al Sharpton is working to strip him of those powers entirely. Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, has filed a federal lawsuit contending that the Emergency Management system is unlawful.
King Ricky Snyder's response to protests over stomping all over democracy by undermining voters?
“The old law went away, but we put in a new law that really was responsive to the issues that came up during that process,. And if you look at it, I’m also the elected official. I was elected by the people of Michigan. So there is an elected official in charge of that process, and I think that’s critically important.... It's not about excluding people, it's about teamwork... solving problems together..."
Said the elected official who gets to remain in power as he pulls the plug on other elected officials' power.
Teamwork my ass.
We've covered this story often, including this from earlier this month: MI Dictator, er, Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Detroit, will appoint emergency manager to take over.
Let's recap what exactly the
king dictator governor of Michigan has been up to.
King Ricky’s appalling financial martial law was, and apparently will continue to be, the legislation that allows one person (the emergency manager) to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. It renders local officials and voters powerless. For example:
Then there's the GOP’s ongoing goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule.
Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It’s important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.
But back to Financial Martial Law. It's ba-a-ack. Bloomberg:
His decision may inflame opponents, as the administration of a white Republican seizes control of a place that is predominantly black and Democratic. [...]
Detroit... would be the sixth Michigan city put under state control [...]
Opponents say state takeovers disenfranchise voters by stripping elected officials of their power over municipalities or school districts, and may protect bondholders at the expense of employees, services and taxpayers... Some have said a takeover is racist because, along with Detroit, cities where almost half of Michigan’s black residents live would be under state control. Managers are already in charge in Allen Park, Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint and Pontiac.
Take a look at this segment of The Rachel Maddow Show from January 2012:
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said that union busting is “pro-workers! It’s a good thing! This is a positive thing for unions!” Then the union busting “Right-to-work for work for less” measure was signed it into law. It's important to remember that Michigan’s “Right to Work” law contains verbatim language from ALEC model bill.
Speaking of remembering, remember King Ricky's appalling financial martial law? That was the legislation that allowed one person to dictate all kinds of things without any input from voters. For example:
He could do away with unions, with police officers, mayorships, you name it. You voted for someone and they won? Pfft, fuggetaboutit. OUT.
You like that school your kid goes to? Nevermind. GONE.
You cherish democracy and thought it would always be The American way? TOO BAD.
Remember all my rants about the GOP’s goal of crushing unions as a way of denying Democrats their political funding which would lead to eventual single party rule? Me too.
And now Michigan's House has passed new version and sent it to the Senate all nice and repackaged under a different name, and they're pushing it right on through as they are wont to do:
The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6.
Michigan gun owners with extra training could carry concealed weapons in schools under a bill OK'd by a House panel Yes, guns in schools are A-OK with Michigan's "pro-life" Republicans:
Gun owners with concealed weapon permits could get additional training that would allow them to carry their concealed firearms in schools and at sporting events on school property under legislation approved Wednesday by a Michigan House committee.
The bill, OK'd 7-2 by majority Republicans along party lines, is awaiting potential final votes before lawmakers conclude their lame-duck session. [...]
Public schools - currently gun-free unless someone openly carries a weapon - would have to allow concealed weapons under the bill... [U]nintended consequences - more potential for altercations at football games or students finding teachers' guns in locked places.
Is it the right time to discuss responsible gun regulation yet?
Because Republican just can't seem to learn any lessons from the November elections, they decided to pass a bill attacking LGBTs and women. And to make double super sure that their so-called "small government" keeps their big paws off the rights of individuals, they included a "conscience objection" for health care providers who don't want to give that care when they feel it conflicts with their religious beliefs. Never mind anyone else's beliefs... or non-beliefs.
In other words, they get to discriminate against gay people and female people, even when it means that their well-being is at stake:
The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.
There you have it, Michigan in a very ugly nutshell.
I'm here in Michigan, standing at the corner of One Party Rule and War on Civil Rights.
King Rick Snyder of Michigan of “strong medicine, financial martial law” and radical assault on Michigan's working families fame is also waging a fierce war on women. Think Progress is reporting that state lawmakers are likely to "revive an omnibus anti-abortion bill that sparked widespread protests after it passed the House this summer, in addition to a host of other restrictive abortion legislation they hope to force through the current lame duck session."
Because under Snyder, government hasn't been intrusive enough.
1) Regulate abortion clinics out of existence.
2) Limit abortion access for women in rural areas
3) Impose further guidelines for the disposal of fetal remains (treat them in the exact same manner as dead bodies).
4) Prevent private insurance companies from covering any abortion services.
5) Allow doctors to refuse to perform abortion services because of their personal beliefs.
More details at the link.
Republicans love to demand small government and whine and moan about Democratic overreach. Welcome to Hypocrisyville.
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