Terri Lynn Land sure has a weird definition of "Michigan First"
Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land is proving her fealty to the tea party by treading where fewer and fewer of her colleagues will go: full on Obamacare repeal. That repeal would take health insurance away from 630,000 people in Michigan.
Eclectablog has the goods, in the form of a "Pledge to Repeal Obamacare" the group Independent Women's Voice. Here's part of that pledge:
I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*
To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.
I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes.
In other words, Land is pledging to do what the Republican House has been doing for the past three years: pretty much nothing but Obamacare repeal votes. The pledge is a real threat in the event that Republicans take over the Senate. As it stands, those votes won't happen under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Even if Republicans take over, the bills would be futile—President Obama won't sign them.
Land's promise to the people of Michigan that she'll go to DC and do nothing but spin her wheels is bad enough. But add the fact that 630,000 people will lose their health coverage, and it's just downright evil. Charles Gaba reports that as of last week, 245,000 Michiganders have private insurance through Obamacare, and 385,000 have Medicaid. Apparently Land wants them to return to the bad old days of being uninsured, of being refused insurance because of pre-existing conditions, of women having to pay much higher premiums than men, of everything that health insurance companies did to screw people over. As Chris Savage says, this is what she calls her "Michigan First" campaign.
Somehow I think 630,000 Michiganers aren't going to think she's putting them first.
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