POLITICS & PREJUDICES
They Don’t Care What You Think
They don’t care what you want
Published: May 15, 2013
But turning down free money looked stupid. So last week, they came up with a brilliant idea. They introduced House Bill 4714, which would allow the Medicaid expansion … except that people could stay on it no more than 48 months.
Plus, the bill would kill the whole expansion the moment federal support falls below 100 percent, meaning 2017.
The bill is, naturally, phony. The federal government would have to agree to give Michigan a special exemption from the rules, and it is unlikely that they would.
The canard serves one purpose: Give Republicans cover and something they can point toward, pretending they care.
One notorious specimen, state Rep. Al Pscholka (R-Stevensville) said this bill was “a way to reform the system and … help Michigan residents become healthier.”
Pscholka, the guy who tried to punish Wayne State and the University of Michigan for protecting their unions, knows it is nothing of the kind. But again, most legislators don’t have to care what you think. They represent one-party districts.
They only have to worry about challenges in their own primaries, mostly by candidates more extreme than they are.
After three terms in the House and/or two in the Senate, they have to leave, many to work for special interests or lobbyists who reward those who best screwed the people. It makes you wonder if there is any hope, but more on this next time — unless some lobbyist hires me first.
IN LAST WEEK’S column, I referred to the fact that a grand jury is looking into Speaker of the House Jase Bolger’s role in a vote-rigging scheme. That’s true enough, but I inadvertently said it was in connection with a 2012 legislative race in Ann Arbor; I meant to say Grand Rapids.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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