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Michigan doctors, nurses, students back healthcare ballot proposal

Detroit Free Press, April 22, 2008

Organizations representing primary care and family physicians, a statewide nurses union and medical students are backing a bill that would make affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage a constitutional right in Michigan. Uninsured patients are going without care and overwhelming emergency rooms, the groups said at a series of news conferences. If approved by voters, the measure would require the Legislature to "pass a plan that, through public or private measures, controls healthcare costs and provides for medically necessary preventive, primary, acute and chronic healthcare needs.