After meeting up with a group of SEIU members in the morning and making our plan, the day started when a post from Gretchen Whitmer on facebook alerted us of action beginning at the senate hearing room.
We all got in our vehicles and headed to the meeting. Upon arriving we found that we had to fill out a card with our request to address the committee. This was done by two of us who were going to address the committee and the rest filled out cards just expressing our support for the bill.
The hearing started at 12: noon as scheduled, with a report from a member of congressional staff who had been assigned the task of studying the Medicaid expansion bill and the affects it would have on Michigan. I did not catch his name but all agreed he did a good job in his study. He did in conclusion suggest to the committee that they approve the bill.
In an effort to keep this brief I will not go into detail with all the discussion and the participants involved. I will say there was representation from many areas of interest. Insurance companies, hospitals, small business owners, the chamber of commerce are some that come to mind.
Of interest to me was the fact that all of these groups supported the bill. Some reluctantly as their inborn dislike of anything Obama is hard to swallow. And they did mention the agony of having to make such a decision.
One other thing I thought interesting was that they all spoke only of the monetary facets of the bill comparing the costs of approving the bill with the costs of not doing so.
Do none of these folks even consider the human aspects of the bill? Health care for up to 400,000 Michigan residents which will not be available if the bill is not passed!
Methinks the greed expressed by many speakers and at least one member of the committee (Senator Hildenbrand) would make Jesus weep.
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Back to the day…
We broke for lunch at 1:30 with instructions to return at 2:00 sharp.
We determined it was too early to eat and went to the capitol building across the street to meet with my senator, Senator Kahn.
Upon arriving at his office we found the door locked, we knocked on the door and roused a young lady who said she was an intern with instructions to not open the door for anyone. We pleaded with her at length to let us in so we could present our message to the senator or at least his staff.
Senator Kahn is on vacation in Israel and will be back at a later date. Are we paying for this?
Personally I am feeling disgusted with having to speak to a locked door every time I go to my Republican elected legislators office.
We did leave a message in the form of a chant and some singing. We felt safe in doing so as capitol security showed up quickly to make sure we were not harmed while singing. 😉
We then went back to the committee meeting room where we were told we would not be allowed to testify. We chose not to challenge this and went on to visit the governor and/or his staff.
Upon arriving at the building where the governor’s office is located we were told only 6 people may enter at a time. The first 6 were in the building asking for a meeting with the governor to tell him we support his efforts at getting this bill passed, the rest of us with nothing to do outside broke out the drums and began our singing and chanting. Not to fear we were soon joined by Lansing police again our protection was insured. 😉
The 6 in the building finally talked to the governor’s representative Dick Posthumus who told them the governor appreciates our support in this effort.
We then marched off to a sandwich shop for a lunch and chatter. We all felt better for having done what we could to promote this bill and I recommend everyone do this type of thing when able to.
On the way home I was asked if I would be going to the fast food event in Flint today. I replied “No I have had just about all the fun I am allowed for one week.”
In closing I would ask anyone who resides in Senator Hildenbrand’s district. Mi 29. To give him a call and ask that he follow Christian values in supporting this bill.
Phone (517) 373-1801 or toll free at (866) 305-2129
Or you can go to his website and contact him via email.