November 05, 2009

MI Petition For Real Health Care Solutions-Congressman Pete Hoekstra

Petition For Real Health Care Solutions

Against Washington Takeover. For Michigan Solutions

I have participated in town halls across Michigan discussing the problems and solutions to health care. Overwhelmingly, individuals have been concerned with the proposal being forced through Congress. People recognize it as Washington taking control of another aspect of our lives and taking away personal freedom.

The health care overhaul being debated in Washington will have a devastating impact on the state of Michigan and its citizens.

It is estimated that under the House bill 379,000 Michiganders would lose their current insurance coverage in the individual market, 28,800 Michigan small businesses would see their taxes increased, Michigan hospitals would be short-changed $224.9 million and Michigan's budget deficit would balloon further by an unfunded mandate to cover new Medicaid patients.

Instead of the government orchestrating a massive overhaul of the health care system that places power in the hands of bureaucrats, Congress should slowdown and address each problem with the current health care system individually.

I have outlined a series of bills that I have entitled the Seven Solutions Plan that are targeted solutions for addressing rising costs and providing access to health care to those that do not have it today.



  • Small Business Health Fairness Act (H.R. 2607) - creates Association Health Plans (AHPs) that allow small businesses to join together to negotiate better health care insurance prices.
  • Health Savings and Affordability Act (H.R. 3610) - Expands Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), which are a high-deductible insurance options that drive down costs by empowering consumers.
  • Health Care Choice Act (H.R. 3217) - Allows individuals to shop for health insurance across state lines to increase competition and decrease costs.


  • Assuring Coverage for Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act (H.R. 3741) - Creates and maintains high-risk pools in states to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions.
  • Improving Health Care for All Americans Act (H.R. 3218) - Allows individuals to receive a tax credit for qualified health insurance. It would provide for tax equity between individuals and tax-exempt employer-provided health insurance.
  • Communities Building Access Act (H.R. 2925) - Allows for the creation of multi-share health care programs that distributes the cost of care between employers, employees and the community. This is based off a successful model in Muskegon.

Tort Reform

  • Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (H.R. 1086) - Reforms medical malpractice law, which unnecessarily increases the cost of health care and forces doctors to practice defensive medicine such as ordering tests that may not be necessary.

I encourage you to sign the petition and voice your opposition to the health care bill and advocate that Congress address each issue individually with solutions that empower individuals and not bureaucrats.

Actual Language for Petition We ask for Support of


I, the undersigned citizen of Michigan and the United States, recognize that the health care bill currently before Congress will dramatically impact my health insurance and have a negative impact on the state of Michigan. Alternatively, I support a health care system that empowers individuals and not bureaucrats.

I petition Congress to vote on each of the bills outlined in the Seven Solutions Plan individually to address the problems in the health care system and to allow members of Congress the opportunity to review all health care bills for 72-hours before voting


If you are from Michigan, go here and sign your name to the petition and forward these awesome solutions!!!  If you are not from Michigan, forward this on also.

R. George Dunn

Politico reports "Climate change on the back burner?"

Politico reports "Climate change on the back burner?"

Climate change has slipped so far down on the agenda that at least one key committee chairman has suggested it might have to wait until after the 2010 elections.

A number of factors are conspiring against the Senate version of the bill: a Republican boycott on the Environment and Public Works Committee, a new EPA analysis that could take at least five weeks and wide-ranging disagreements among six competing Senate committee leaders who have jurisdiction.

"Some people are talking about not doing it until after the 2010 election," Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday.

Consumer Protection of Tires

Below is an open letter
To the Consumer Protection Agency of the USA Federal Government:
Radial tires are great for the ride, but if you break one strand or hit a bump too hard, the tire goes out of round and we must replace it before it's time. I recommend this be investigated for lack of will to change to a web pattern which would eliminate this hazard and waste.
Note that you as the Federal Government do not have total authority over the use of tires in a State, thus your recommendation will prompt States to look at banning the weak tires. 
Tires filled with a jell instead of air, with stop leak capability would be a great advantage to both use and mileage.
your constituent,
R. George Dunn

MI FairTax Appoints Executive Director


Congratulations, MFTA!!!  We have appointed an Executive Director to take us to enactment of the MI FairTax.  Her name is Dawn Dayton, and she has the experience and knowledge to help us make it happen.
It is unusual that we can be thankful for our poor economy, but in this case we are.  Michigan's poor economy has resulted in our being able to choose from among top-qualified candidates who, likely, would not have been available to us had the MI FairTax had been enacted a year or two ago.  (Logic: Had the MI FairTax already been adopted our economy would now be going "full tilt" and all well-qualified people would have been very much in demand, and not available to us.) 
Our Executive Director, Ms. Dawn Dayton, has had just the fundraising and non-profit leadership experience we need.  A recruiting / selection committee, composed of Barry Cargill, Linda Jolicoeur, John Crawford and Sharon Miller (a former 4th District MI FairTax DD who owns a professional recruitment company), narrowed the candidates down to a very few.  The Board of Directors then had the difficult task of choosing the best of all well-qualified individuals.  We are privileged to have Dawn accept our offer . . . to earn her own way and to fund the MI FairTax at the same time. 
What follows is a press release that will be issued today:

CONTACT: Roger Buchholtz (269) 345-0950
NOVEMBER 5, 2009

The Michigan Fair Tax Association (MFTA) today announced that Dawn Dayton has been selected as MFTA's first-ever Executive Director. Previously, MFTA was staffed solely by volunteers from its 30,000 members. Dawn comes to MFTA with extensive experience managing and growing non-profit organizations, such as the American Society of Employers, the Michigan Small Business Development Centers , and the Arthritis Foundation.

"Dawn was chosen from a highly-competitive pool of applicants," said MFTA's President, Roger Buchholtz. "She brings a unique combination of experience, skills, and passion to this new position. She is exactly the type of person we sought to lead our organization." MFTA is working with legislators, citizens and businesses to put the Michigan FairTax (MFT) proposal on the Ballot in November 2010 to make Michigan the #1 place to locate new business. "Michigan was once a leading economic state but is now at the bottom of the list. We are losing companies, jobs, and people largely due to our tax structure", said Buchholtz.

Dawn has worked in public, government and community affairs since 1992 in foundations, trade associations, higher education, and community-based, non-profit organizations in, and around, Detroit. She graduated from Michigan State University and later completed a Fellowship with the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State. 

"I'm delighted to know MFTA will be in such good hands, as it continues to grow under Dawn's leadership. I think MFTA's supporters around the State are going to be impressed by what's ahead," said Buchholtz.

Ms. Dayton said she was drawn to MFTA's mission because of Michigan's dire, and worsening, economy. "The current tax system is not working for Michigan. It's complicated, unfairly burdens lower and middle-income families, and it is driving businesses and jobs out of Michigan. I look forward to the transparency and fairness in our tax system that MFTA's forward-thinking volunteers have already set forth," she said.

About the Michigan FairTax Proposal

The Michigan FairTax Proposal, if enacted into law, will completely replace the Michigan Income Tax, and most business taxes, with a simple 9.75% retail sales tax. As a result, people will be taxed only once on a purchase, and no longer will business taxes be hidden in prices. For the first time in generations, citizens will be able to see their true tax burden as it will appear on every sales receipt. All purchases made by Michigan citizens will be made with pre-tax dollars because there will be no Michigan income-tax withholding. The sales tax will go up 3.75 cents, but residents will keep the 4.35 cents per dollar that is currently withheld for income tax. To protect the poor and middle-income households, every legal Michigan household will receive a "prebate" payment that untaxes spending up to the poverty level.  Due to the prebate, and other uses of income that are not taxed (e.g., savings), a typical effective tax rate, for a family of four at median Michigan income, will be ~2.5%. Thus, the "prebate" makes this sales tax, progressive. It varies from 0% at low spending levels to 9%+ at high spending levels. The MI FairTax is:
- Simple. When you buy something you are paying your taxes; no income tax filings.
- Fair. Similar-sized households receive the same prebate and everyone pays at the same tax rate; no loopholes.
- Visible. Our taxes will be shown on every sales receipt, rather than hidden in the prices we pay.
- Economically Expansive. Michigan will have the most favorable tax environment for business and residents
For more about the MI FairTax proposal, visit

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MICHIGAN MESSENGER -- Citing Kalamazoo vote,Michigan House panel sends ("gay") rights law to floor

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Subject: MICHIGAN MESSENGER -- Citing Kalamazoo vote,Michigan House panel sends ("gay") rights law to floor

Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,
Please read the story below.  House Bill 4192 would impose a discriminatory "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" law on the entire state of Michigan, threatening discrimination against individuals, businesses, and groups which refuse to promote homosexual behavior or cross-dressing -- as has happened to the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities in other jurisdictions with such laws -- and making it illegal to prohibit cross-dressing men from using the women's restroom and other public facilities.  It expressly imposes the same policy on all public schools.
Please contact your state representative today
and urge him to vote against House Bill 4192.
Click on the following link to find phone number
and e-mail address for your state representative:
As always, we deeply appreciate your support!
Gary Glenn
Lansing, Michigan
November 4, 2009

Citing Kalamazoo vote, Michigan House
panel sends ("gay") rights law to floor

by Todd A. Heywood
LANSING — The Michigan House Judiciary Committee Wednesday voted 9-5 to send legislation to the full House to amend civil rights laws in the state to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

"With the passage in Kalamazoo last night by overwhelming majority of voters of a similar law, it is time to move this bill," said Judiciary Chairman Mark Meadows, an East Lansing Democrat. On Tuesday, voters in Kalamazoo approved Ordinance 1856, which protects citizens and visitors in the city from discrimination on the basis of, among other things, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Meadows also noted President Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act late last month, the first time lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been specifically delineated as a protected class under federal law.

The legislation would amend the state's current civil rights law, titled the Elliot-Larsen Act, to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

The bill moved with the votes of eight Democrats on the committee, and one Republican, Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights. Democrat Bettie Scott Cook was absent from the vote. The remaining five Republicans all voted no to move the bill.

Meadows said he us uncertain when — or even if — the Democratic-led House will vote on the legislation. He conceded that political calculus, including trying to keep a Democratic majority in the House after the 2010 election, will play into the decision whether or not to take up the bill. That means, he said, there are some Democrats who are in districts where a vote in favor of the bill "would not be considered helpful for them."

With the Congress in D.C. moving on similar legislation, called Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Meadows said the move by the Judiciary committee might be more symbolic than necessary. But he added, "We don't want Michigan to be the Mississippi of our time."

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