The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The contact information for our state representatives (Districts 59, 78 and 79) and state senator John Proos (District 21) is available on the Your Government Officials page.
LWVMI opposes the initiative petition submitted by Right to Life of Michigan that bans insurance from covering abortion without purchasing a separate rider. LWV supports comprehensive health care as well as the right to privacy for reproductive decisions.
The signatures submitted have been certified by the state Board of Canvassers so the proposal goes to the Legislature, which has 40 days to approve, deny or put the issue on the November 2014 ballot so voters can decide.
This issue will come before the state legislature between now and when they adjourn on December 16 for the holidays. Current indications are that they will approve the measure, which will then become law without the governor having any veto power (he vetoed a similar bill a year ago).
I urge you to let the voters decide whether or not to require Michigan residents to purchase a separate ride to cover abortion.
As you are aware, the initiative recently submitted bans private insurance from covering abortion. You have a choice of passing the initiative or letting Michigan residents decide what to do on this issue on the November 14 ballot. The initiative circumvents the traditional legislative process.
I support comprehensive health care and strongly oppose this proposed legislation. Providing comprehensive health care is critical for Michigan women. I also support the constitutional right of privacy for individuals to make reproductive choices.
Again, I urge you to let the voters decide what to do on this issue.
When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed Congress declared it had to be self-supporting, so approximately 20 taxes on various segments of the health care universe were enacted. Everybody was going to share the pain. If the Medical Device Tax is repealed, why won't every other group being taxed demand that their tax be rescinded? It could be like a house of cards; if one tax goes they all do and there goes the Affordable Care Act. Is this the real goal?
Those who would like to see the tax repealed are playing the jobs card, as did Mr. Upton. If you want a more objective account of the whole Medical Device Tax issue go to factcheck.org. There you will learn that because medical device makers can deduct taxes from their IRS return, the tax rate is really about 1.5% rather than 2.3%, the number Mr. Upton used to calculate Stryker's tax burden. That the tax is on all devices SOLD in the U.S. so manufacturing them overseas won't make any difference. That the tax is not on consumer items such as glasses and hearing aids but on clinical medical devices like CAT scan machines, defibrillators, stents and artificial joints. That Stryker did lay off 1,000 people worldwide as it announced it would in 2011, but that the new tax was only one factor of many in their reorganization plan. As of December 2011 Stryker had 21,241 employees and now it has 24,000 employees (from Stryker spokeswoman Jo Johnson), an increase of 2,759.
It would be really nice if we could count on our elected officials to give us accurate information, not blatant misinformation.
League members are intelligent, clever, serious and dedicated. They also know how to have fun! On December 7 LWVBCC had its annual Holiday Open House, this year at the home of former president Liz Ennis and Annette Van Dusen.
A great time was had by all, as you can see from the picture above of, left to right, Darlene Heemstra, Bonnie Pollack, Margarita Doerschner, Donna Dutton and guest Bette Pierman.