Jennifer Granholm on Health Care

Democratic Governor (MI)


Affordable health care universally accessible to everyone

Making Health Care Accessible and Affordable: In the last three years, more than 298,000 Michigan citizens have gained access to health care and prescription drug benefits thanks to Governor Granholm’s initiatives. Now, through her Michigan First Health Care Plan, the Governor is making affordable health care universally accessible to everyone in Michigan.
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial campaign website, granholmforgov.com , Nov 7, 2006

$50M bailout of Detroit Medical Center during recession

The Detroit Medical Center was the biggest healthcare system in the state. It consisted of nine "safety net" hospitals serving many of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens. It was no secret that the DMC's budget relied on Medicare reimbursements that failed to cover costs, meaning that the DMC provided enormous amounts of absolutely vital but uncompensated care.

"How much do they need to survive?" I asked. $50 million, was the answer.

Republican legislators, mostly from the suburbs, peddled Detroit-bashing racial and ethnic stereotypes: Why, they asked, should the "good citizens" of Michigan bail out "THEIR hospital system"--an inner-city network that served mainly minority-group members?

I knew it would be political and financial idiocy to bail out the DMC without insisting on significant reforms. The DMC board did as it promised. And in 2004, the first year after the government bailout and restructuring, DMC reported a multi-million dollar surplus.

Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 26-35 , Oct 1, 2005

Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year.

Granholm signed a letter from 22 Governors to Congressional leaders:

In a letter to congressional leadership, 22 governors are urging federal lawmakers to adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year to provide families and businesses with much-needed security and stability.

"We commend you and your colleagues for provisions included in your bills that will help states," the governors wrote. "Many of the provisions will allow states to achieve long term savings and help cover those who currently go without health coverage. We recognize that health reform is a shared responsibility and everyone, including state governments, needs to partner to reform our broken health care system."

"Efforts at the federal level, like the recent and critical investments that support states' HIV and prevention initiatives, are beginning the work to lower health care costs. Our citizens and our states, however, will only achieve the health care security and stability they need if we succeed in working together to achieve health care reform."

Source: Letter from CO Gov. Bill Ritter and 21 other Governors 10-GOV1 on Oct 1, 2009

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