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Senior Alliance Legislator of the Year Award

Senior Alliance Legislator of the Year Award

Michigan is growing again!  There are more job opportunities in our state then there have been in years.  That means more opportunities for your kids and grandkids to raise their families right here in Michigan instead of seeking employment elsewhere.  There are over 18,000 job openings within 30 miles of the 7th district alone!

How did Michigan turn the corner?  By getting back to basic principles of fiscal responsibility such as not spending more than we take in.  I have been a consistent voice for common sense questions like “how are we spending the money that we currently have” before I entertain questions about raising taxes.  We need to run our government more like families do to make ends meet.  That means that we live within our means.  We shouldn’t spend money on things that we don’t need.  In the case of government spending, that translates to not spending money on services that are not required by our Michigan Constitution.  When we do so, it means that we can leave more money in your pocket and the pocket of your family members for you to spend on those things that matter most in your lives.

One of the areas that matters most to many of us is access to affordable healthcare.  That is why I have been an outspoken opponent of the so-called “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare).  It is neither affordable nor caring.  In fact, it is making $716B in cuts to Medicare in order to pay for increased coverage for those eligible for Medicaid and other subsidies.  It is not right to cut the benefits for those who have paid for those benefits so that those who have not paid into the system can receive benefits for little or no expense.  That is why I went beyond saying “No” to Obamacare policies such as Medicaid Expansion (Section 2001 of Obamacare) and developed an alternative called the Patient-Centered Care Solution.  This solution has been referred to as “Two parts Marcus Welby, M.D. and one part Steve Jobs” by David Chase of  If enacted, it would not only expand access to healthcare for low-income families, it would also improve the quality of care available to those families.  Furthermore, it would lower the cost of healthcare for Michigan employers encouraging the growth of even more jobs for our families.

My team and I are honored to serve you.  We pledge to do so with honor and integrity.


Patrick Colbeck

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