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Student groups bring health care reform debate to campus

Daily Staff Reporter
Published January 24, 2010

“That’s a big hurdle for a lot of people when they graduate because if they don’t have a job with good benefits, they’re out of health insurance,” Marvin said.

Despite the optimism among College Democrats and other Democrats across the nation regarding health care reform, the Republicans gained a crucial victory with the election of Republican Scott Brown as Massachusetts senator last Tuesday — a win many officials speculate could put the passing of a health care reform bill in jeopardy, at least in the near future.

Charles Bogren, co-chair of the University’s chapter of College Republicans, said the victory proves the nation is unhappy with current health care reform efforts and is ready for a change, which is why his group is working to mobilize student opposition to reform.

Bogren added that he has seen an increase in College Republican membership this year, which he attributes to students’ opposition to Obama’s work as president.

“We’ve seen a lot more members this year that have joined because of what the Obama administration has been doing so far, and it’s great to see this campaign and this special election show that a lot of people do agree with us,” Bogren said.

Last Thursday, College Republicans invited physician and University alum Robert Steele to speak about his concerns of how the health care reform bill would negatively affect the state of Michigan.

Steele has been involved in various health care debates over the years and has been a member of The Heritage Foundation — a conservative think tank that does research and analysis of public policy issues — for more than 20 years.

With his background in the medical industry and concern for the current state of health care reform in the United States, Steele is considering running against Dingell in the 2010 election.

At the College Republicans meeting, he said his idea to run for Congress stems from his concern for future generations, citing his four children and nieces and nephews, who are facing a country with an uncertain and debt-ridden future.

“As I look out at the crazy spending that’s going on right now, really the opportunities for (younger generations) are basically disappearing with every year of the exponential growth of the budget and the deficit and how the math is turning against the next generation,” Steele said. “So that’s why I wanted to get involved.”