2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, June 5, 2006
Health care experts
sound off on uninsured
Gov. Granholm unveils
state-wide low cost
health care program
By Kelly Fraser
Daily News Editor
In an effort provide healthcare
for more than one million uninsured
adults, Gov. Jennifer Granholm
announced her proposal to create a
low-cost state-wide healthcare pro-
gram last month, adding another
possible solution to the increasingly
heated healthcare debate.
The plan would redirect 1.1 billion
dollars from existing federal and state
funds and would not require addition-
al costs, Granholm said.
The program, similar to a health-
care plan in Massachusetts, targets
more than half a million Michigan
adults who qualify as small business
employees or earn less than double the
federal poverty line.
Granholm first mentioned the plan,
called the Michigan First Healthcare
Plan, in her State of the State address
earlier this year.
Last month was the first time Gran-
holm outlined its details, giving health-
care experts a chance to weigh in.
School of Public Health Prof. Cath-
erine McLaughlin said it appears the
Michigan First Healthcare program
would pool Michigan's uninsured and
coordinate standard guidelines with
private insurance companies.
By operating collectively, the pro-
gram will offer healthcare plans at
a lower cost than the premium each
individual would be charged on the
In order for the program to keep
costs low for customers, it must
draw a large enrollment of both
healthy and unhealthy people, said
McLaughlin, who is the director of
the University's Economic Research
Initiative on the Uninsured, which
examines healthcare issues from an
economic perspective, and is also a
member of the Citizens' Health Care
Working group, an advisory organi-
zation to Congress.
If the program only attracts custom-
ers with large medical bills, insurance
companies will have little incentive to
participate, she said.
On the private market, insurance
companies are automatically suspi-
cious of seemingly healthy people
who seek insurance, reasoning there is
some health problem the customer isn't
revealing, McLauglin said. Because
of this, companies can charge very
high premiums on the private market,
See HEALTHCARE, Page 8
From Staff and Wire reports
Following a confrontation with Ann
Arbor firefighters during aJanuary party,
Sigma Nu President Peter Small pleaded
guilty on three misdemeanor counts.
Small was charged with one count
each of obstructing operations, inter-
fering with fire department operations
and overcrowding. Small tired to pre-
vent firefighters responding to a smoke
alarm fom entering the Sigma Nu fra-
ternity house. Once inside firefighters
found several fire code violations.
Small faces up to 90 days in jail
and up to 300 dollars in fines at his
sentencing June 22.
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This is because the officers are in the midst of Operation Motor City
- an operation to capture 65 individuals in the Metro Detroit area that
have violated immigration laws. Of the 65, 23 have criminal convictions.
The size of this weekend's operation was typical for the local Fugitive
Apprehension Team, which serves Michigan and Ohio, Baker said.
Currently, there are 28 Fugitive Apprehension Teams in the U.S., but the
number will eventually grow to 38. Each team has an apprehension goal
of 1,000 per year.
The operations are often mischaracterized as 'raids' by the media, Baker
said. Whereas a raid is random and reckless, operations are carefully planned
procedures, he said.
Following apprehension, officers interview each individual. Then, a "notice
to appear" is issued, informing the person to report to a port of entry and
present proper documentation, Baker said.
If a law has been violated, the individual must appear before an immigra-
The judge may order them to leave the country immediately or grant vol-
untary departure. Depending on the reason for removal, a bar is instated,
which prevents the person from returning for five, 10 or 20 years.
"They shouldn't be here," Baker said of illegal immigrants. "We are trying
to protect citizens by removing these criminals." 4
Summer in Rural Michigan
About 80 miles Southwest of Detroit, in Lenawee County, migrant workers will
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