Local Change in Genesee County


Terry ARTICLE 1.17.17

#TRUMP HAS CREATED THE ENVIRONMENT MAKING NOW THE TIME FOR SERIOUS DISCUSSION ON HOW TO PROTECT AND REVISE OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET. 
What is the safety net. My interpretation follows;

 Affordable Care Act( ACA)( Obama Care),

 Medicare,

 Medicaid,

 Social Security, 

Unemployment benefits,

Workmans Compensation, and

Veterans benefits.
 In Genesee County that discussion is beginning by a reorganization of the Genesee County Democratic Party initiated by our new Genesee County Democratic Party Chairperson Lt. Governor John Cherry.
The local Genesee County Democratic Party will do most of its work at the Genesee County Democratic Party County Committee Level. 
The County Committee is all Democratic elected officials, elected precinct delegates and Michigan Democratic Party Members meeting monthly. Plans are to add precinct delegates to fill all the vacancies. At the County Committee meeting in January it was decided to Form a Policy Committee with the themes” Protect the Social Safety Net.”
Work groups have been formed for each component of the social safety new. Co chairs were appointed.
The first to meet will be the Medicare work group. Unavoidable there will be discussion of the Trump/Congress reform or elimination of the ACA and its impact on other parts of the Social Safety Net. The Medicare Work Group will meet first and become a template for the agenda and actions of the Work Groups. The plan is for each Work Group to report at each monthly meeting. Our hope is that we will have a Work Group of local experts on the the different parts of the Social Safety Net. Each Group can then educate, organize coalitions and advocate positions to PRESERVE THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET AND ITS PARTICULAR COMPONENT. 

Central to the communication of policy positions will be a committee work group on communication to promote the action steps of advocacy. 
The next county committee meeting is 2/9/17. I will serve as a facilitator for the medicare group and help out where I can. I will organize material to discuss prior to 2/9/17 how the reform or elimination of ACA will affect Medicare. 
WORK GROUP TEMPLATE

Work Group authorized by the County Committee

Party Chairperson appoints co chairpersons 

First meeting of co chairs convenened 

Chairperson Cherry states the mission of the group. 

Co CHairs take over the group and set agenda . The Work group will have its first report 2/9/15

Adjourn. 
Thank You John for including me in this effort.
Terry Bankert

terry@attorneybankert.com

810- 235-1970

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