039. Michigan

A discussion on our state.

Essays to consider

  1. 2019 State of the State
  2. Michigan Health Policy for the Incoming 2019 Gubernatorial Administration
  3. ACA Exchange Competitiveness in Michigan
  4. Flint Water Crisis: What Happened and Why?

A few facts

  • ~10 million people live in Michigan, making it the 10th most populous state;
  • 5.8% of the population is under 5 years old;
  • 22.1% of the population is under 18 years old;
  • 16.2% of the population is over 65 years old;
  • 50.8% identifies as female;
  • 79.6% self-identify as white alone (decrease from 88.3% in 1970);
  • 14.2% self-identify as black alone (increase from 11.2% in 1970);
  • In 2016, Michigan’s estimated gross state product was ~$490 billion (13th in the nation);
  • Michigan became the 24th Right to Work state in the U.S. in 2012;
  • In 2009, emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler reached an agreement with the United Auto Workers Union to transfer the liabilities for their respective health care and benefit funds to a 501(c)(9) Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association, which has at least in GM’s case been likened to a “Canadian-style” health care payment system;
  • Flint still doesn’t have clean drinking water.