Michigan’s senior population is important – they did the heavy lifting for us in years past and have set the stage for our future. We want to keep our seniors right here in Michigan, and not see them leave for other states. For that reason Sen. Colbeck voted to repeal the pension tax so that our elderly don’t feel the need to move to southern states in their golden years. Michigan has turned the corner economically, and we must take care of our seniors in this way.
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 Forbes.com. 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.