Tonya Schuitmaker 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 DNA tests upon arrest for certain crimes, Michigan Senate to take up bill http://michiganradio.org/post/dna-tests-upon-arrest-certain-crimes-michigan-senate-take-bill <p>The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up a bill this week that would expand DNA testing in the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2013-2014/billintroduced/Senate/htm/2013-SIB-0105.htm">Senate Bill 105</a> would require people to provide a DNA sample when they are arrested for committing or attempting to commit a crime that is considered a felony or "for which the offender may be punished by imprisonment for more than one year."</p><p>The bill was introduced by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) last week.</p><p>Schuitmaker’s office says the bill would make DNA collection the same as fingerprint collection. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 19:37:26 +0000 Mark Brush 11077 at http://michiganradio.org DNA tests upon arrest for certain crimes, Michigan Senate to take up bill