What's in it for me?
There are a lot of people chiming in with their opinion on the affordable care act (ACA/ Obamacare) and most look at this fiasco with self-interest. They are really only thinking of "what's in it for me"? In a recent letters to the Alpena News writers stated in an uninformed manner that somehow the ACA was good for the economy and would create jobs. They went on to criticize both Sen. Moolenaar and Rep. (Peter Pettalia for voting against expansion of Medicaid (a critical part of ACA). Why would they both vote no? The answer is simple, They are being fiscally responsible. Our Representatives knew when they voted that Obamacare and the accompanying Medicaid expansion were going to be a financial disaster. They both know Washington has no money and their good sense told them not to go any further with this financial over-reach.
There is not much individual states can do to blunt the power of Washington but we have a senator and representative who, in this instance, were not enticed to do the wrong thing just because the feds were dangling We the People's money in their faces.
The Affordable Care Act actually refers to two separate pieces of legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act that together expand Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income Americans and make numerous changes to both Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. All of these changes will cost millions and make getting medical attention something that will happen between you and your government and not your doctor.
John Moolenaar and Peter Pettalia both took a stand that was not popular with some in their party but absolutely did the right thing for their constituents.