Whereas: Certificate of Need (CON) laws are specifically designed to enrich hospitals by restricting their competition; and
Whereas: Certificate of Need (CON) laws reduce the supply of critical healthcare while driving up the cost, effectively making them a "Healthcare Shortage Mandate;" and
Whereas: Certificate of Need (CON) laws represent cronyism and provide benefits to select, politically connected healthcare providers; and
Whereas: Certificate of Need (CON) laws fail to provide increased access to health care for the poor; and
Whereas: The federal government repealed its Certificate of Need (CON) mandate in 1987 when the ineffectiveness of CON regulations became clear; and
Whereas: Proponents of Certificate of Need (CON) programs will claim these laws control costs and increase the amount of charity care. However, 40 years of evidence demonstrate that these programs do neither.
Therefore: I demand Michigan state legislators actively support and vote “YES” on a repeal of Healthcare Shortage Mandate AKA Certificate Of Need laws.