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Jim Mitchiner, M.D., M.P.H., FACEP

Dr. James Mitchiner is currently an attending emergency physician at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition, he has an academic appointment at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is Past President of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians and has served in the American College of Emergency Physicians as the Chair of its State Legislative and Regulatory Committee, and as a member of the Task Force on Health Care and the Uninsured. A longtime single-payer advocate, he is active in Physicians for a National Health Program, which has 18,000 members nationwide. Dr. Mitchiner received his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received a master’s degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

John Cavacece, D.O. | cavacecj@trinity-health.org

John Cavacece has been a family physician, practicing full spectrum family medicine, for 18 years. He received his D.O. degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986. He has been Associate Director of the Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency since 1996. John spent ten years as an Air Force physician as both a staff physician and faculty at Air Force residencies before taking his present position in Grand Rapids. A Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) member since 1993, John is currently the Chair of the Group on Family, a subgroup of STFM. His interests are primarily in behavioral medicine, teaching the concepts of Relationship-Centered Care to residents. He has been a member of Physicians for a National Health Plan (PNHP) since 2002.

Tim Lambert, D.O.
(231) 935-8016

Dr. Lambert is a family physician and faculty member of the Munson Medical Center Family Practice Residency Program in Traverse City. He has worked in the community with the migrant health clinic, the Grand Traverse Band Native American health clinic and most recently with the Grand Traverse Regional Health Care Coalition Board (Vice-President 2004-2006)

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • UAW Local 6000, Region 1A Retiree Chapter, Michigan
  • Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
  • Local 829 United Steelworkers (USW), Owosso, MI
  • Local 2-591 United Steelworkers (USW), Riverview, MI
  • Local 6000, United Auto Workers (UAW), Michigan State Employees, Lansing, MI
  • Local 196, United Steelworkers (USW), Trenton, MI
  • Branch 3126, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Royal Oak, MI.
  • Local Lodge 141, International Association of Machinists (IAM), representing airline workers at Northwest, United, Southwest, and Alaska. Detroit, MI
  • American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Michigan State Convention, May, 2006
  • United Automobile Workers, International Union Convention, June 2006
  • Local 547, International Union of Operating Engineers, Detroit, MI
  • Jackson/Hillsdale Counties Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Jackson, MI
  • Michigan State AFL-CIO Women’s Council
  • Local Union 176, United Steelworkers (USW), Rochester, MI
  • Local Union 314, United Steelworkers, (USW), Detroit, MI
  • Local Union 389, United Steelworkers (USW), Detroit, MI
  • Local Union 2659, United Steelworkers (USW), Southgate, MI
  • Local Union 9491, United Steelworkers (USW), Hamburg, MI
  • Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO Council
  • Detroit A. Phillip Randolph Institute
  • Greater Lansing Labor Council, Lansing, MI
  • UAW Local 909

Michigan State News

Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Kay Tillow | Daily Kos
There is a precedent for expanding Medicare to a region suffering from a public health disaster. ... Montana Senator Max Baucus tucked into the Affordable Care Act a special section that expands Medicare to the people of Libby and the surrounding area who were poisoned by W. R. Grace's deadly mine causing mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease. Shouldn't the people of Flint, all of them not just the children, have Medicare also for life? We must do much more, but, at least, we can start here.

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015

By James C. Mitchiner, M.D. | Detroit Free Press
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013

By Paul F. deLespinasse | The Daily Telegram (Adrian, Mich.)
Recent efforts to defund Obamacare evoked hot air from both sides of the aisle. Perhaps it is now time for serious talk instead of talking points.

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2012

By Robert S. Levine, M.D. | The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press
Matt Miller's column "The Business Man - Obama should use Romney to make health care more efficient" was right on target (The Press, Dec. 2). His suggestion that we "identify the major lessons and best practices" of other nations was totally ignored by Congress during the debate on the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011

By James C. Mitchiner, M.D. | AnnArbor.com
In yet another attempt to bridge the debt ceiling impasse by reigning in entitlement spending, President Barack Obama recently proposed raising the eligibility age for Medicare from 65 to 67. As we pass Medicare’s 46th anniversary on July 30, I propose that rather than raising the age for Medicare, we consider lowering it instead. In fact, let’s lower it to zero.

Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011

By Dr. James Mitchiner | AnnArbor.com
Well, Karl Rove has done it again. In a recent opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal (“The Politics of Saving ‘Granny,’” Feb. 3), the former Bush presidential adviser sings the praises of replacing traditional Medicare with a federal voucher system.

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011

By Dr. John Cavacece | Grand Rapids Press
We need compassionate government that provides health care for all. What we don’t need is an insurance industry that continues to make profit at the expense of our citizen’s health. We need to preserve what’s good in the new law but move beyond it to an improved and expanded Medicare for all. We need to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010

By Dr. James C. Mitchiner | Ann Arbor News
The announcement last month by the Census Bureau that the number of uninsured increased last year to a record 50.7 million individuals should come as no surprise to those who understand the uniquely American tradition of linking health insurance to employment.

Posted on Monday, April 5, 2010

By Dr. James C. Mitchiner | AnnArbor.com
In the weeks and months ahead, Americans will learn the true details about the health care reform bill passed by the U.S. House on March 21 and signed into law by President Obama two days later. They may not like what they see. If ever there was March Madness, this surely must be it.

Posted on Monday, March 8, 2010

Dr. James C. Mitchiner | Ann Arbor (Mich.) News
Count me among those who were not terribly disappointed at the outcome of the recent Senate race in Massachusetts to fill the un-expired term of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.