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State Sen. Colbeck to Constituents: Vote For Those Who Will Repeal 'Obamacare'

At a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Patrick Colbeck urged voters to learn more about the local impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Proudly wearing her Tea Party Patriot T-shirt, Donna Robinette attended a town hall meeting on Tuesday in Canton about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Canton resident and about 40 others in the crowd heard state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) discuss the local effects of the landmark legislation. "Obamacare," whose provisions have been , troubles her.

"I think people are just not paying attention," Robinette said. "It's going to be horribly expensive."

She said she thinks there are alternatives to the mandate that should have been explored, and at Colbeck's town hall meeting, she was in the majority.

The freshman state senator said he called the town hall to discuss the hallmarks of the law but also to alert the public to Michigan Senate Bill 693, of which he was originally a co-sponsor but ultimately withdrew his support. The bill would create a state exchange in accordance with the federal mandate. The Affordable Care Act holds that if a state does not offer its own exchange, the federal government will create one for it.

"The House is going to be taking up SB 693," he said. "People need to be informed before that happens."

What does the Michigan Marketplace Act call for? It is "a bill to provide for the establishment of the MIHealth marketplace as a nonprofit corporation; to create the board of the MIHealth marketplace and prescribe its powers and duties; to provide for assessments and user fees; and to provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and agencies," according to language in SB 693. The state legislature's website has more details on the role of the marketplace.

Overall, Colbeck said he takes issue with the cost and what he sees as greater government control over individual rights and "reduced quality of care."

"It's the first time in the history of our country that you can be taxed for not doing something," he told the crowd. "This is truly all about control."

He encouraged people in the audience to read the language of the bill. He also encouraged people to apply for a waiver, challenge the act in court, pay the fine and elect representatives that will repeal it. He also said he hoped House representatives will vote down the state exchange and "re-focus" it.

One man in the audience asked, "Senator, do you envision a kind of black market for health care?"

Colbeck said it was a certainty.

Another man in the audience said, "I look at this as the last nail in the coffin of freedom."

On the federal level, some in the House of Representatives have unsuccessfully tried to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 33 times, drawing criticism from Democrats about cost. The Obama administration has long held that the act expands affordable health care to people who might not otherwise have it.

Joseph McCauley July 19, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I think if people were less lazy and read trhe affordable health care law they might be more informed than if they just sit back as listen to sound bites from people who have agendas. Have any of you talked to people directly in the health care field about this? Don't take you cues from the biggest blowhards on TV or radio.
ConcernedParent July 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
A little research and less reliance on talking points would tell you who the uninsured are. Seventy five percent of them are working families. Half are those individuals and families who earn less than the poverty level ($22K for a family of 4). The poor economy, rising costs, employers dropping insurance plans, and insurance companies rejecting those with pre-existing conditions has resulted in this travesty. I'm sure you realize that in addition to the 50,000 estimated who die annually as a result of no healthcare, we do in fact pay the costs of those who have no alternative but to turn up at an ER when they have a health crisis. That is the most expensive form of health care! As for the flood of Scandinavians into the US to receive healthcare... I charge you to provide that data! The deluge of Canadians into the US is nothing but a myth. Obviously the US has some great medical facilities, and if someone were willing to pay the full costs to come here for treatment, that's fine. But that would only apply to those able to pay the enormous cost! Have you ever asked yourself why an MRI here costs $1000 and in France only $200? The amusing thing about 'the majority of Americans' is they strongly favor the individual provisions of the ACA -- coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing children to stay on parents' policies to 26, fixing the cost donut-hole. It's the name, 'Obamacare' that makes then angry, because they've been told that it is a Socialist plot!
Denise Nash July 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
@Diana Kory, There are no "$500 billion in cuts" to Medicare. Do your homework, don't listen to Fox News as your only news source if you want to know the facts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/fact-checking-the-gop-debate-500-billion-in-cuts-to-medicare/2011/06/14/AGsnGAVH_blog.html Colbeck is a tea partier. What did everyone expect to come out of this meeting? I wrote yesterday that this is exactly what to expect, and I got what I expected.
Boiling July 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Diana: You need to research your speaking points because they are wrong. The majority of the people you speak about do not want to REPEAL the whole Act: When offered choices besides repealing or not, over 47% supported keeping the law as is or with changes. Only 23% percent supported repealing the Act with nothing to replace it, what the GOP is now offering (Kaiser Family Foundation 2/12). When given options the outright appeal group falls short of a majority. The Act does not take $500 billion out of the current Medicare budget, but reduces the growth of Medicare spending by just over $500 billion over 10 years. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects Medicare spending will raise to $929 billion in 2020, an increase of $430 million over actual spending in 2009. Another fact that the Tea party and the GOP don’t want you to know is that the Obamacare will save $200 billion for Medicare by 2016 and $208 billion for Medicare patients by 2020 (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) http://www.cms.gov/apps/files/ACA-savings-report-2012.pdf. ConcernedParent, nice reply in pointing out the talking points rather than the facts.
Concerned Citizen July 20, 2012 at 01:20 AM
For the record Mr. Colbeck there are hundreds of examples of people being asked to pay taxes for not doing something. The tax system has incentives and penalties for all types of behaviors. In addition the government mandates that I must purchase insurance to drive a car, to have a mortgage, to own a business, etc.. When will you Koch backed ideologues stop the hyperbole?

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