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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 7
The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 7
Dingell pushes his plan
for national health care
At event yesterday,
program would help
By MALLORY JONES
For the Daily
At a standing room only event
yesterday, Rep. John Dingell
(D-Dearborn) drummed up sup-
port for a bill that would give every
American health insurance.
Speaking to a packed crowd in a
School of Public Health auditorium
- some of whom were redirected
into "overflow rooms" - Dingell,
whose district includes Ann Arbor,
discussed his legislation, H.R. 15:
The National Health Insurance
Act, which he introduced to the
U.S. House of Representatives ear-
lier this year.
While Dingell said he is optimis-
tic about passing reform legislation
quickly, he can only hope that the
legislature will reach "a bipartisan
"I can tell you that the president
has already put national health
care coverage into his budget,"
Chris Jennings, former senior
health care adviser to President Rep. John
Bill Clinton, said at the event that that go
"stakeholders" in the insurance automobi
industry, including physicians, are be much
"begging" for reform. said.
"The very economic crisis that "What
we face breeds opportunity for that has
comprehensive change," Jennings systems
said, who is also president of the has one
health policy consulting firm Jen- systems
nings Policies Strategies, Inc. health ca
In the current economic crisis, Dingel
Dingell said the need for univer- health c
sal health insurance in the United every A
States is "no longer just a humani- pared to
tarian concern, it's a competitive that goes
If the government were to "pick the long
up the tab" for the health care costs tative ev
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was present at the meeting, said he "I thin
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was not to build premium seating.
"The goal was to update an
80-plus-year-old facility to today's
standards of safety and conve-
nience," he said. "Building premi-
um seating was a means to an end.
It was a way we could pay for it
without having to put a surcharge
on our ticket."
Martin said the stadium project
has raised more in donations than
originally anticipated, but that the
project will cost more than origi-
nally planned. It was expected to
cost $226 million.
In addition to athletic expenses,
Martin said he is proud the Ath-
letic Department has been able to
contribute approximately $3.6 mil-
lion to the president's discretion-
ary fund over the last two years.
The Athletic Department also
contributes approximately $14
million a year in tuition and board
payments to the University for ath-
letes receiving scholarships.
Martin said when he became
athletic director almost nine years
ago, he was committed to not only
improving the athletic perfor-
mance of student-athletes, but their
academic performances as well.
"My whole dealhereis Ijustwant
to moake Michigan better, both ath-
letically and academically," he said.
A handout presented to assem-
bly members outlined the Univer-
sity's student-athletes' academic
According to Martin's handout,
student-athlete graduation rates
have risen from 68 percent in 2000
to 84 percentlast year, despite flur-
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denied Finkelstein's bid for tenure
after concerns were raised over his
controversial opinions. Finkelstein
alleged that Harvard professor and
lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a prolific
opponent of Finkelstein who holds
pro-Israel views, interfered with
his bid and helped it get blocked.
Administrators at DePaul denied
that Dershowitz played any role in
In April 2007, Finkelstein told
the Harvard Crimson that Der-
showitz's efforts were "character
"Had there been no outside
pressure, I'm fully confident that
I would make it through," Finkel-
stein said at the time.
He was placed on administra-
tive leave during the 2007-2008
academic term, and resigned on
GRADUATION RATES AT THI
Tho tread is the percentage at student anc
studen-athletes who graduate.
82 82 83 84 82
tuating graduation rates through-
out that time. In the same period
of time, overall graduation rates
among all University students rose
from 82 percent to 88 percent.
According to the handouts, the
University also has the second
highest overall student-athlete
graduation rate among Big Ten
schools, among which the football
team has the third highest gradu-
Despite this, Martin said he
believes a higher graduation rate
"There's always room for
improvement," he said.
When one assembly member
asked about the recent controversy
over reimbursing members of the
Committee on Academic Perfor-
mance, who attended bowl games
on behalf of the University, Martin
said he supported the old practice.
SAFE co-chair Andrew Dalack
said that the organization brought
in Finkelstein for two reasons, the
first of which is his knowledge of
the situation in Gaza.
"(Finkelstein's) insight into the
conflict is much needed consider-
ing Israel's most recent assault on
Gaza," Dalack said.
Dalack also said that SAFE invit-
ed Finkelstein to speak because of
the controversy surrounding Fin-
kelstein's tenure at DePaul.
"We felt that his denial and
inability to gain tenure at DePaul
University is something that the
campus needed to hear about,"
Rachel Goldstein, president of
the American Movement for Israel,
said that although some members
may choose to attend the event,
AMI does not plan to send an orga-
nized group to protest.
Goldstein also said that mnem-
d university students
85 87 87 87 8884
2004 2006 2008
Source: Michigan Athletic Department
"I personally support it, but it's
not my decision," he said of the
practice. "That's a decision the
president will make."
Martin said the opportunity to
travel to bowl games allowed fac-
ulty to meet with leaders from the
NCAA and provided the oppor-
tunity to build relationships and
A decision at last month's Sen-
ate Assembly meeting advocated
transferring power to make rec-
ommendations on student-athlete
eligibility to the academic advising
office in the school in which the stu-
dent-athlete is enrolled. Previously,
the Committee on Academic Per-
formance made recommendations
to the Office of the Provostconcern-
- Devon Thorsby
contributed to this report.
bers of AMI weren't very happy
with the choice of Finkelstein as
the speaker for the event.
"We are disappointed that SAFE
deemed Finkelstein an appropriate
choice to be that advocate," Gold-
stein said. "He has been academi-
callydiscredited inthe past, openly
defends the actions of Hezbollah,
an organization recognized by the
U.S. and many European countries
as a terrorist group, and he is con-
sidered incredibly offensive and
inflammatory to the Jewish com-
munity, regardless of his Jewish
Goldstein added that she hopes
the event's audience members will
not take Finkelstein's words as fact.
"We hope anyone who attends
will acknowledge (Finkelstein's)
extremist beliefs and continue edu-
cating themselves further on the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict before
jumping to any conclusions," Gold-
Dingell spoke at the University yesterday about national health care.
into making products like
les, U.S. companies would
more competitive, Dingell
t a shame that the nation
one of the finest college
in the whole world and
of the greatest health care
in the world can't provide
re to its people," he said.
X1 said $1,600 worth of
are 'is part of the cost of
merican-made car, com-
the $750 worth of steel
into each car.
41, who last week became
est-serving U.S. represen-
er, was a co-sponsor of the
really happy to see there's
'rty split," he said. "The fact
have two parties competing
No spots really means we're
get the best candidates as
to someone who was there
w the right people within a
rnior Tyrone Schiff, who is
LSA Student Government
ative, said he thinks MVP
citing style for government.
nk they have an innovative
," he said. "They're trying
d things that haven't been
the past, and I think it's
State Children's Health Insurance
Program that passed in 1997. After
former President George W. Bush
twice vetoed reauthorizing SCHIP,
President Barack Obama signed its
reauthorization into law on Feb. 4,
Marianne Udow-Phillips, direc-
tor of the Center for Healthcare
Research & Transformation, also
spoke at the event with Dingell and
Jennings. She discussed the heavy
burden the current Medicaid sys-
tem puts on state budgets.
She said in Michigan, 20 percent
of the state budget goes toward pay-
ing for Medicaid - the eighth high-
est percentage in the country.
time that somebody came around
and did this."
The party structure was also
introduced. It includes LSA junior
Brady Smith as message chair; LSA
sophomore Sam Goodman and LSA
junior Alex Warbasse as external
marketing and media chairs; LSA
sophomore Andrew Chinsky as
internal communication coordina-
tor and LSA junior Sona Kotecha
and LSA freshman Larry Warbasse
as finance chairs.
- Annie Thomas
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