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  •  Right to Life of Michigan (11+ / 0-)

    doesn't care two whits about life:

    At issue was DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital, which manages a national neonatal care research program, and the birth of 5,000 babies annually. That’s 5,000 lives, many of them premature and measured by the ounce.

    For years, the state has helped Hutzel precisely because of the hospital’s unique role delivering babies to mostly poor women. But citing Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Rick Snyder yanked the hospital’s funding in the 2014 budget. DMC lobbied to reinstate it: without state support, the hospital gets no matching federal funding for its neonatal research program...

    So where was Ed Rivet, Right to Life’s phenomenally successful and influential lobbyist?...

    (W)hen a DMC lobbyist asked Rivet, the lobbyist, for help, Rivet opted out.

    Rivet argues he wasn't needed to get the funding, yet
    The Legislature slashed funding, appropriating $3.5 million to Hutzel that will generate about $10 million in total, using federal matching funds. That restores half the funding lost, with no guarantees for 2015. The hospital says it loses $30 million annually. In 2014, DMC, now a for-profit hospital, has promised to absorb the shortfall.

    “How long can you sustain a $30 million loss?” says Sen. Kahn, who is a physician. Told that Rivet believed there would be another opportunity to fund Hutzel in 2014, Kahn was doubtful: “I don’t think that it’s very likely,” he said.

    Right to Life, my ass.

    "Get over it...and get out of the way." -- Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY)

    by mspicata on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:44:10 AM PDT

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