Why do Democrats in Michigan hate the poor?

Posted on: November 11, 2011

In Michigan if you are a family of the disabled and on Medicaid, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is collecting a  portion of your welfare to pour into their coffers. Why? Because they were able to convince lawmakers that you are a state “employee.”

EdMorrissey of Hot Air has discovered this despicable practice of the SEIU. He points out that: “If you’re a parent who accepts Medicaid payments from the State of Michigan to help support your mentally-disabled adult children, you qualify as a state employee for the purposes of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). They can now claim and receive a portion of your
Medicaid in the form of union dues.”

Michigan Department of Community Health Director Olga Dazzo explained the process to her members of her staff.  “MQC3 basically runs the program for SEIU and passes the union dues from the state to the union,” she wrote in an email obtained by the Mackinac Center. Initiated in 2006 under then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich., the plan reportedly provides the SEIU with $6 million annually in union dues deducted from those Medicaid subsidies.

This is outrageous. Here you have the SEIU preying on families who already don’t have excess resources to deal with the health-related issues of their family.

It’s important to remember that Medicaid is a safety-net program specifically for the poor.  This is basically a tax on the poverty-stricken in Michigan to support the unions and add to their political influence. No wonder Michigan is in a world of hurt economically. The union provides these families with no assistance, no benefits, and no real representation of any kind — but Michigan deducts that $30 every month regardless, without their consent, and without a single organizing election.

The sad part of this is that the Michigan’s state Senate has refused to act on a House bill to end the union theft from Medicaid recipients.  You have to wonder why Democrats in Michigan, and their public-employee union allies, hate the poor.


1 Response to "Why do Democrats in Michigan hate the poor?"

Democrats have been sticking it to the people with the unions’ help for decades in Michigan. Of course, it is masked in well paying union jobs (until there’s no more money — uaw).

But I also remember a similar scam in some other state, (maybe Ohio) where daycares and even home daycares were forced into joining one of the big unions, teamsters or seiu, if they got any state subsidies. They were forced to give some ungodly amount in “dues” even though they had no access to their union’s political power. The union didn’t argue for them for anything, or negotiate anything for them, or protect them from anything because they weren’t actually state employees.

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