Livingston County Commissioner Wes Nakagiri introduced a resolution at the Aug. 14 meeting of the board’s personnel committee that would exclude abortion coverage from the health insurance of non-union county employees.
Nakagiri, who began serving on the Livingston County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 1, 2019, is on the county’s Health and Human Services Committee, in addition to committees on finances and parks. He represents District 3, which covers all of Tyrone Township and parts of Hartland Township.
According to reporting on WHMI.com, the resolution passed 2-0, with commissioners Bill Green and Doug Helzerman voting in favor of it.
Since Livingston County is self-insured, it chooses which specific health care benefits and procedures are covered by its insurance. Nakagiri told WHMI that his resolution prevents taxpayers from “being forced to fund this procedure with their tax dollars while protecting the sanctity of life.”
Judy Daubenmier, chairperson of the Livingston County Democrats, said in a letter to party members that the “culture wars are coming to the Livingston County Commission, thanks to one of its more extreme members.”
“Nakagiri’s resolution doesn’t allow for any exceptions for abortion, not even for the health of the woman, incest, or rape” she said. “It falsely implies that the county must do this because of a federal policy against paying for abortions for federal employees.”
“Our county commission can’t manage to fix our roads, provide services to our veterans, or provide decent transportation, but it has time to spend interfering in families’ medical decisions.”
Nakagiri’s resolution gives before the commission’s finance committee at its meeting scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. If approved, it will appear on the agenda of the entire board, which meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. All meetings take place in the board chambers at 304 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell.
If you’d like to make a comment on the resolution, call (517) 546-3520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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