Mike Green http://michiganradio.org en The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents http://michiganradio.org/post/astonishing-hypocrisy-medicaid-opponents <p>You know by now that the Michigan Senate has finally voted to approve expanding Medicaid benefits.</p><p>The vote, which came Tuesday night after months of struggle, means that eventually nearly half a million of our citizens will have at least basic health care, people who don’t have it now.</p><p>The cost to the state itself will be nothing for three years, and only a pittance afterwards. The benefits in terms of human decency and a healthier workforce, enormous.</p><p>Those who opposed Medicaid expansion said they didn’t think we should burden future generations with another “entitlement cost.” Many of them also admitted their opposition was based on their hatred of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which they continue to oppose even though it was passed by Congress, passed Constitutional muster with the Supreme Court, and essentially ratified by the voters in last year‘s presidential election. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:47:28 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14187 at http://michiganradio.org The astonishing hypocrisy of Medicaid opponents Concealed guns in schools, Michigan legislator wants to leave it up to school boards http://michiganradio.org/post/concealed-guns-schools-michigan-legislator-wants-leave-it-school-boards <p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A Republican legislator says he will introduce a bill soon that would let school boards decide whether to let teachers and parents &nbsp;bring concealed guns into school buildings.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">State Senator Mike Green (</span>R-Mayville<span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">) says it's his new alternative to a measure vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder last year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">That bill would have ended schools' status as gun-free zones under Michigan's concealed weapons law.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Green says this would give the option to school boards.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"There's a lot of school teachers that are very well trained that would love to be able to do that. That's coming in a bill I haven't introduced yet, but we've got it on a fast track," said Green.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Green says his legislation could be introduced as soon as this week.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There is some question right now whether people with concealed pistol permits may openly carry firearms in Michigan schools.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Snyder says he might be open to the idea, but new gun laws rank low on his list of priorities.</span></p><p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:35:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 10962 at http://michiganradio.org Concealed guns in schools, Michigan legislator wants to leave it up to school boards