Mothers have value!
Right now in Lansing lawmakers are asking "what is a mother worth", and you will be surprised at the answer some lawmakers are giving. Senate Bill 1115 says that stay-at-home mothers and homeschooling mothers should be categorized as "non economic" value when it comes to malpractice hearings. I can say a lot about the value stay at home mothers have to their families and society as a whole but "non economic" would not be a term I use.
Some lawmakers say that this will save money in frivolous lawsuits but all this really does is protect a few reckless doctors and hurts moms and families. Currently, if a stay at home mom or a mom that is homeschooling is injured by a doctor's error she is entitled to financial recovery from the doctor for child care and household services she performed but some lawmakers would like to change this. In Michigan, this means a mom could only recover up to $425,000 no matter how bad she is injured for the rest of her life. This change could make it impossible for a family to take care of their children after the error of a reckless doctor. No doubt we need to address the problem of healthcare cost in our state but should we do it on the backs of injured moms?
- Insurance Commitee Chair
Senator Joe Hune
- Majority Vice Chair
Senator Jim Marleau
- Senate Majority Leader
Senator Randy Richardville
I am writing you because I am in opposition to SB1115. I never thought I would have to explain the value stay at home mothers have but I guess it's time stay at home mothers start talking more about what we do at home and the invaluable resource we are to our families. Stay at home mothers forgo the money they could earn outside of the home to give their families the best, a full time parenteral caregiver. This is a joy but also a financial scarifies. The typical stay-at-home mom works almost 97 hours a week, spending 13.2 hours as a day-care teacher; 3.9 hours as household CEO; 7.6 hours as a psychologist; 14.1 hours as a chef; 15.4 as a housekeeper; 6.6 hours doing laundry; 9.5 hours as a PC-or-Mac operator; 10.7 hours as a facilities manager; 7.8 hours as a janitor and 7.8 hours driving the family car. Forbes.com says stay-at-home moms would earn a base salary of $36,968 plus $78,464 in overtime, totaling $115,432. Meanwhile, moms that work outside the home earned a “mom” base salary of $39,763 plus $23,709 in overtime, adding $63,472 on top of their day jobs.
Moms have economic values and this bill hurts families and hurts mothers. I am asking you to stop the assault on stay at home mothers.
Stop the assault on stay at home mothers!
Mothers have value!
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