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Lansing Labor News
Established 1945
September 25, 2017
Financial Secretary Bob Smith
Updated On: Jun 05, 2017

Welcome to summer

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer and I have to tell you, it’s been a loooong winter! It will be nice to have a little good weather and I hope Mother Nature gives us a bunch.
It’s been a busy time at the Hall this spring. Our triennial elections were held and I’d like to congratulate all the members who took time to participate. I really enjoy the elections, the camaraderie, the campaigning, the oldies but goodies … “Hey, here’s Bob, must be election time again!” Yes, wouldn’t miss it.
But seriously, I’d like to thank everyone who participated. Whether you won or lost, were a supporter or an opponent, you involved yourself in a critical process that makes us stronger as a whole. It keeps us on task, focuses our efforts, reminds us who we are serving and gives us the guidance we need to keep our organization strong and moving in the right direction. Thank you to all!
Meanwhile …
President Trump (I still can’t believe I’m saying that) has been busy, filling out his cabinet and his other government positions, firing people whom he doesn’t like, trust or in general agree with. (A hint for people of the Beltway, if you’re involved in any investigations concerning the President or his aides, don’t get too comfortable in your surroundings. Change may come very quickly!)
He and his Republican hangers-on have proposed many changes, not the least of which is a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Traditionally, when legislation is proposed, the Congressional Budget Office publishes a report projecting costs and consequences of that legislation. The House chose not to wait and passed a bill that they assured would cut costs, give better coverage, give coverage for previous conditions and overall, make Americans forget all about Obamacare.
Recently the Congressional Budget Office published their report and we find that the proposal would in fact remove coverage for over 14 million people immediately and the total with lost coverage would jump to 23 million by 2026. The sad part is the people losing coverage are the people that Obamacare helped the most, the poor and people that are enrolled in private, non-job based plans.
The CBO also concluded that premium costs, especially for older Americans and people with previous conditions, would increase dramatically. Older Americans would pay 10 times more than a young adult and 9 times more than under Obamacare.
Additionally, the report indicated that starting in 2020 individual markets in areas of the US representing 1/6 of the population would become unstable and unsustainable! This is not what I would consider an improvement over current law! 
We already know what happens when we have great numbers of uninsured. Health care costs rise dramatically. The uninsured become a burden because their only avenue when sick or injured is the emergency room. We’ve seen how that works … It doesn’t! Please contact your representative and tell them we need a better solution. Going back to the old way is not a solution, it’s a nightmare!
The Local 652 Women’s Committee is holding a “Save the Girls” Golf Scramble for breast cancer awareness at Centennial Acres on July 22. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society to find a cure and put an end to Breast Cancer! Everyone welcome. Cost is $75 per person and food and refreshments are provided. Reserve your team by July 14 at Local 652. 
Call 517-372-7581 for more info. Please come and participate in this event!

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