Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 1, 2012

George Weeks: Stabenow again works across aisle


  • Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting Cabinet member held in contempt of Congress when the House voted 255-67 for a GOP motion stemming from Holder not providing information sought on a botched federal gun-tracking operation.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising decision upholding the key point of President Barack Obama’s congressionally-approved plan to extend health care to all citizens.

The Holder flap is not likely to be an issue in Stabenow’s bid for a third term.  But Obamacare certainly will be.  Ex-U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the leading contender for the GOP nomination to challenger to oppose her, has made that clear.

Ex-U.S. 1st District Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee, who was a key vote and negotiator in Obama winning approval of the 2010 health care reform bill, told The Detroit News he felt validated by the court ruling. He called it “a big win for the American people.”  “Doctor Dan” (bf) That’s how staffers of freshman Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, refer to their bos ,who replaced Stupak.. That figures. He’s been a practicing physician for 30 years.

As such, he has strong views on Obamacare, calling it, in a chat we had last week,  “bad medicine.” Benishek has been a leader in Washington on a subject that deserves more  attention that it has received—medical and other programs for returning veterans.


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