health care

The political bubble of the Ann Arbor News

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In an Ann Arbor News letter to the editor this past week, an Ann Arborite stated the following hope:

We need solution to health care woes

So, same-sex partners can no longer enjoy the benefits of their partner's employer health plans. Truly sad. However, I see the situation on another level. What of the growing numbers of the self-employed, the unemployed and the underemployed who are unable to enjoy the largess of a deep-pocketed employer? While many same-sex partners have been enjoying employer-provided health care, others have been left out in the cold, some for years. Now that same-sex couples have joined these ranks, perhaps it will become apparent to all of us that we as a society need a better solution to health care, one that does not depend upon how and where one is employed. (Emphasis added.)

Praying for structural change

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About 18 months back, Ann Arbor's Mayor Hieftje held a session of his public policy class entitled "Is Ann Arbor overrated?", with various blogger guest discussants. He commented that the cities of Michigan are lined up and running towards a cliff of fiscal crisis. Yes, all of them - Ann Arbor's more or less bringing up the rear, but it's running the same direction as all the rest. Some cities have already gone over - Flint, Highland Park, Hamtramck - and have survived the fall with various degrees of injury. Detroit's just a matter of time, and not much of it. But many people are hoping that Ypsilanti will serve as a bellwhether of Michigan's fiscal problems and a catalyst to change, as Ypsi is recognized across the state as being much more well-run than its predecessor's into crisis. When well-run cities start going over the brink, this theory states, people will finally realize that something's broken, and that it's not just Flint. I've since heard basically this same view echoed by a number of other regional and State leaders - when Ypsi goes, that's when our State can be expected to decide there might be a problem with our municipal structure. Thanks, guys. We love you too.

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