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Michigan about to require women to buy “rape insurance” based on petition signed by 4.2% of voters

The War on Women continues…


Graphic by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog.

NOTE: this post has been corrected as noted below. There is also an update with a link to Planned Parenthood’s petition.

Thanks to a petition drive that resulted in 4.2% of Michiganders voicing their minority opinion, Michigan is about to become a place where women have to plan ahead for their abortions. If you become pregnant accidentally or if you are raped and become pregnant and haven’t purchased a separate abortion coverage rider on your health insurance, you won’t be covered. This isn’t just for state government insurance plans or those purchased on the health insurance exchange.…

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Michigan government investment experts now earn more money than the governor after 80+% pay raise – UPDATED

It’s a good gig if you can get it

See updates below.

The Snyder administration recently gave three of its investment experts massive pay raises, making them some of the highest paid members of his administration. One of them, chief investment officer, Jon Braeutigam, makes more than the Governor and the Lt. Governor combined!

The State of Michigan quietly increased the salaries of its top investment officials in the Treasury Department by more than 80% this year, saying it was too difficult to attract and keep qualified people under the former pay rates.

Jon Braeutigam, the state’s chief investment officer, got a 90% pay raise to $333,000 a year from $175,000, department spokesman Terry Stanton confirmed Friday.

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Florida Rep. Trey Radel, stepping down due to cocaine use, donated to Dan Benishek’s Congressional campaign in 2012.

You will know them by the friends they keep

Florida Congressman Trey Radel announced yesterday that he’s “taking a leave of absence” after being busted earlier in the week for buying cocaine from undercover police officers.

Radel is a supreme hypocrite. Earlier this year he voted for legislation that would require anyone receiving food stamps to be drug tested. No government handouts for him!

As it turns out, there’s a Michigan connection between Congressman and Hypocrite Trey Radel. In October of last year, he gave a campaign contribution of $2,000 to our very own 1st District Congressman Dan Benishek who won the seat a week later by the tiniest of margins.…

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5 reasons you should let Republicans believe Obamacare repeal is still an option

As a perpetual optimist, I’m pretty sure this is the low point for what I consider to be the greatest victory for the middle class since Medicare/Medicaid — the Affordable Care Act.

Approval of President Obama and the law are at new lows. Still, as The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent keeps pointing out, support for repeal is still a minority position and hasn’t changed much since the disastrous roll out of HealthCare.gov. (Obamacare is also more popular than the Republicans in Congress.)

The one and only way the law will ever be judged on its own merits is if and when Healthcare.gov starts working.…

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UPDATED: Michigan Republicans want you to know if Obamacare raised your rates but not if it’s helped you

GOPocrisy, pure and simple

Michigan Republicans are still working to demonize the Affordable Care Act in any way they can. The most recent example is a bill reported out of the House Subcommittee on Insurance last week, H.B. 4816, which was introduced by Rep. Mike Shirkey. The bill, which you can read HERE (pdf), requires health insurers to report to their customers which part of their premium is due to the ACA.

Here’s the bill’s language (which differs somewhat from the original bill introduced in June):

By March 1, 2014 and annually after 2014 through December 31, 2018, an insurer or health maintenance organization shall communicate to policyholders or subscribers in written or electronic format an estimate of the impact on policy premiums, by business line, that is attributable to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111-152, including but not limited to, taxes, assessments, and other requirements of that Act.…
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The Obamacare enrollment number Republicans hate most: 444,000

The most progressive part of the Affordable Care Act is working the best.

There’s no doubt that the craptacular launch of Healthcare.gov will go down in history with the vice-presidential nomination of Sarah Palin as one of the early 21st century’s great unforced errors.

Calling it Obama’s Katrina is absurd, but we can’t ignore the fact that people will die if the ACA doesn’t work.

The inability of Americans to get a sense of the insurance options they have and the subsidies available to them as we launch the greatest transformation of our health care system in generations has left a giant void filled with “horror stories.” These vague nightmares get huge headlines then disappear when they often turn out to be be bunk, or Obamacare success stories.…

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REMINDER: Republicans do not care about about the uninsured

Something very dangerous is going on in America: People are taking Republicans’ concern trolling about health care seriously.

Of course, I have a lot of sympathy for people who are finding that their health insurance plans are cancelled and they’ll have to pay more to get the coverage they have.

But I have no sympathy for those who are pretending this wasn’t happening before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law.

“Back then, anecdotes about people who were denied coverage abounded,” The National Journal‘s Lucia Graves wrote in her excellent piece examining pre-ACA health care in America. “They included this 12-year-old boy who died in 2007 from an abscessed tooth after his family’s Medicaid lapsed.…

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Republicans have now entered the Hypocrisy Zone on Obamacare

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead— your next stop, the Hypocrisy Zone!

Things have really gotten hypocritically bizarre in Republican attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Pundits across the country are outwardly laughing at the GOP’s about face. Where they once demonized, impeded, and attempted to destroy the new health insurance law, they are now displaying faux poutrage that it isn’t rolling out perfectly, even to the point of holding Congressional hearings on it.…

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Republican Tom McMillin introduces legislation that even I can support – making CEOs pee in a cup

Never gonna happen…

Michigan Republican House member Tom McMillin who is on the House Education, Financial Liability Reform and Regulatory Reform committees is someone with whom I rarely agree. His attacks on education, in particular, make him one of the most reviled Republicans in the House. However, he has introduced legislation in this session and in the last session that I completely, emphatically, and 100% agree with.

Republicans have been on a tear in Michigan to require anyone receiving unemployment or welfare to pass a drug test. By their estimation, if you are in need of help, that puts you into a special category of people that must be tested for illegal drug use.…

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The more the GOP opposes something, the more popular it becomes

You’ve probably seen the new Gallup numbers that show that for the first time a majority of Americans want to legalize marijuana:

With 58% of Americans supporting legalization, that makes it even more popular than the now very popular institution of same-sex marriage:

Both are far more popular than the now unprecedentedly unpopular Republican Party, which is almost as unpopular as marijuana legalization is popular:

On Wednesday morning we learned that approval of the Affordable Care Act up is up 5% since the government shutdown:

So here’s the hypothesis: The more the GOP opposes something, the more popular it becomes.

Republicans can use this to their advantage if they can convince Ted Cruz to endorse some Democrats.…

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