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Colbeck Plans Town Hall in Canton for Affordable Care Act

State Senator from Canton plans discussion for divisive health care bill.

State Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday in Canton to discuss the impact of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (House Resolution 3590) crafted by President Barack Obama, recently upheld as constitutional by the United States Supreme Court, and how it affects the state of Michigan and residents.

The forum will run 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the banquet and conference center at the , 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton.

Colbeck opposed passage of the health care bill and said the federal healthcare law requires most adults not covered by an employer or government-sponsored insurance plan to maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, commonly referred to as the individual mandate.

Colbeck said in a news release that Obama told the public the legislation would in no way be a tax, yet the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most provisions of the act as a tax.

“The president claimed that this was not a tax. However, the Supreme Court decision clarified that that is exactly what this is. I respect the justices serving on the United States Supreme Court but I believe they got it wrong when they upheld Obamacare," Colbeck said.

"Obamacare" is a common nickname for the bill.

"What’s more," Colbeck wrote, "Since everything Congress could dream of could be subject to a tax, this ruling continues the erosion of the principle of limited government."

The meeting will provide an opportunity to hear the lawmaker’s input on the changes and how they will affect the United States, Michigan and residents. Colbeck will be available for questions from the general public, and the forum is open to the public.

Keedyk87 July 16, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Looks to me like this lying con artist wanna be Politician plans on lying to the public about the act's laws in support of greedy gluttonous Billionares. Who elcted this little con artist for those who would put Mammon before his fellow man like his Teapublican friends in washington!
CantonTaxpayer July 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
For decades, both Republican and Democratic Presidents tried to pass comprehensive health care measures. Previously, it was not seen as "partisan" to want to provide adequate health care for Americans. Much of what is in the Affordable Care Act had Republican roots. Heck, much of it is nearly identical to the health care legislation passed by Mitt Romney while he was Governor or Massachusetts. But since this legistlation was proposed by President Obama, Republicans came all-out against it, even though it is a vast improvement over what we have now. We should give it a chance to work...and we should work to make improvements where possible. Personally, I would rather get the insurance companies out of the picture. It doesn't seem to make sense to have insurance bureaucrats controlling my health care decisions, nor does it make it more affordable to have insurance companies skimming billions of dollars off in profits and administration fees. As a long-time former Republican, I'm pretty disgusted with the "leadership" of today's Republican Party. They are simply anti-government and out to protect business interests at the expense of the public.
Mad Hatter July 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
actually, most Republicans came out against it because they listened to their constituents, as they are supposed to. face it, the majority of Americans tend to have conservative roots and don't want more gov't programs that are going to end up overspending and underperforming. we tend to want to take care of ourselves and have those in gov't screw up as little as possible for us. remember, politicians do what they must to stay employed.

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