I believe our goal should be affordable, accessible, and high-quality healthcare for everyone who wants it. I am in favor of Free-Market Health Care, giving people the freedom to choose. This should include:
Transparency of service and medications costs. Currently you can have two hospitals next to each other, yet have no way to know ahead what each will charge.
Competition of all providers, across state lines. When you are working on a home improvement project, you can go to Lowe’s and Home Depot to compare costs. Health care providers should make their prices, including labs, etc., available to those who use their services.
Choice for coverage. We should be able to choose the amount and type of insurance we want. Our needs are different when we’re 75 than when we were 20, and our health care coverage should reflect that. There should be no need for Catholic nuns to pay for abortion and birth control coverage. Everyone may want a car, but not everyone needs a Porsche.
These changes will push costs of drugs and services down. They will give citizens incentives to be frugal and promote a Health Savings account. It will Make a Better Michigan.
Throughout his life, John Adams worried about the fate of the American Republic he helped found and which he led as second president. He believed that a democracy was only as good as the people involved.
He once told a group of officers of the Massachusetts militia, “…we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as awhale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Adams understood that liberty entails responsibility. To be truly free, we must hold to basic beliefs that call forth what is noble and caring in each of us. Otherwise, our attempts at freedom will trample those around us.
Our Constitution was written for people who want to work together toward a common good. It assumed that there is right and wrong, and that the majority of American citizens would be guided by religious and moral values to choose the good.
I believe that it is critical that we as citizens understand our U.S. Constitution and what is required of us in order to uphold it. This knowledge and these qualities must be taught and fostered in our homes and school.
Identity theft can happen to anyone. I was reminded how important it is to monitor your personal information. In February 2017 someone using my name and birth date had a warrant out for his arrest. I most certainly could have been arrested over the past twelve months if I had been stopped by the police!
Someone going by the name James Ray Hines, with the same birthdate as mine, living at a different address in Saginaw, had been charged with trespassing and had failed to pay the fine.
How do you get your record cleared? This is not so easy! For me, it meant appearing before a judge in a courtroom filled with other individuals ready to plead their case. The judge asked me, “How do you plead?”
I responded, “Not guilty, your honor,” noting that the individual reported an address that was not mine, a driver’s license with one digit off from mine, and that he was not Caucasian.
Next came a meeting with the prosecuting attorney to complete the motion of Nolle Prosequi. The warrant was nullified“In the interest of justice.”
This is a strong reminder that we must protect our personal information. Increasingly, stores, offices, schools, and government buildings are using driver’s licenses for security checks. This poses an increased risk, however, of someone’s identity being copied or stolen.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions in a place that insists they need your license.
Do they really need all the data from the license? Will they scan or photocopy it? If so, how long will it be kept on file? How secure is the security system that protects the file?
The next stolen identity could be yours. Play it safe; protect your personal information.