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Wisconsin "doing fine" with Over 500,000 Uninsured? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 07:29

leah-vukmirDid State Senator Leah Vukmir like the days when insurance companies could ride roughshod over Wisconsinites without protections for pre-existing conditions or out-of-pocket caps for coverage?


MADISON - While responding to inquiries from WisPolitics on the President's visit to Wisconsin and his remarks on health care, Sen. Vukmir said, "We were doing fine before Obamacare came, and I would argue we were ahead of the curve." We couldn't make this up even if we tried. 

Before the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin had 518,000 uninsured individuals2.4 million who could be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition and had an uninsured rate of 9.4 percent
That's not "doing fine" by any stretch of the imagination and it certainly isn't being "ahead of the curve." 

But since it's passage, 211,000 people gained coverage and our state's uninsured rate dropped by over a third - falling to 3.7 percent. Thanks to the declining rate of uninsured Wisconsinites, statewide hospital charity care - free or discounted care for patients with low incomes - decreased my nearly half from 2013 to 2015. Bad debt, which occurs when patients can't afford to don't pay their medical bills, took a 34 percent dip. And last year in Wisconsin, over 190,000 people in the individual marketplace received tax credits to help cover their premium costs.

"In what world does D.C. Leah think returning to the days when insurance companies could ride roughshod over Wisconsinites without protections for pre-existing conditions or out-of-pocket caps for coverage, and hundreds of thousands were uninsured is a good thing for our state? It's just the latest example that Vukmir has the wrong priorities and will do anything to curry favor with Washington's elite political class," reacted Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby. "Wisconsin deserves better than someone who will sell out Wisconsin families for a photo op with the President."​

 
Proponents of Constitutional Convention Should Try Governing Instead PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:45

lady-liberty-holding-noseWisconsin Assembly scheduled to call next week for a federal constitutional convention to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It's a bad idea, says League of Women Voters.


MADISON – The Wisconsin Assembly is tentatively scheduled to vote next week on proposals calling for a federal constitutional convention for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We respect people’s concerns about the federal debt, but this is the wrong way to tackle that problem. It is also a particularly dangerous path to take.

First, a balanced budget requirement would weaken our ability as a nation to respond to unforeseen emergencies, such as a natural disaster, attack from the outside or economic recession. The federal government would not be able to respond without increasing taxes – just at a time when fewer people might be working.

Second, a constitutional amendments convention could go in many different directions. It would put at risk every citizen right currently protected in the Constitution, including such things as voting rights and freedom of speech.

Proponents note that one of the proposals before the Assembly would restrict the role of our own state’s delegates to voting only on a budget amendment at the convention, but that ignores the fact that our state would be only one of fifty at the convention. Besides, some constitutional experts say that such rules could easily be considered irrelevant once the gathering convenes.

Proponents of these disastrous proposals say that a constitutional convention is needed because we can’t count on Congress to pass a balanced budget. They point out that the elected representatives of the people, including many who are all for a balanced budget when they are running for office, shy away from enacting it once elected. Come to think of it, that seems to happen at both the federal and state level.

It is ironic that these proposals are being promoted in Wisconsin by the party that is in the majority in both Congress and the state legislature. Why should the U.S. Constitution be at risk for complete revision just so these politicians can accomplish what they already have the power to do legislatively?

voter-usI would like to believe there are enough members among their ranks who know that a balanced budget requirement is not a responsible measure for protecting the safety and economic security of our nation or state. But if they are that wise, why would they risk what could be a catastrophic assault on our Constitution?

Maybe they think it would never really happen. However, if the Wisconsin legislature passes these proposals, our state would be number 30 out of the 34 states needed to force a constitutional convention.

Our nation is changing, and that change is taking place in every state and every district. With a provision to add amendments individually as needed, the U.S. Constitution has afforded us the flexibility for more than 200 years to keep up with the ever-changing needs of the American people.

Assembly lawmakers who take their responsibility of governing seriously should reject these foolhardy proposals, which would endanger our citizen rights and our nation’s ability to respond to emergencies.

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Andrea Kaminski is executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government. The League welcomes women and men across the state as members. There are 18 local Leagues in Wisconsin. Follow @LWV_WI on Twitter.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 June 2017 15:40
 
Democratic Convention Ends, Laning Team Reelected PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John M. Rybski, Kewaunee   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 20:05

Democratic Party of Wisconsin annual convention draws over 1,500 delegates and guests to set future course. Incumbent Chair Martha Laning wins another two year term, along with other current party officers.


MADISON - The 2017 Wisconsin Democratic Party State Convention concluded this afternoon in Middleton with announcement of the results of the election for our officers for the next two years. Continuity seems to be the theme as incumbent officers Martha Laning (Chair), David Bowen (1st Vice Chair), Meg Andrietsch (Secretary), and Randy Udell, Treasurer, were re-elected. While no stranger to Wisconsin politics, Khary Penebaker was newly elected to complete the vacated Wisconsin Democratic National Committee seat through 2020. Caucuses convened Friday afternoon. Speeches by Wisconsin elected officials and the mayor of Los Angeles highlighted Friday evenings plenary session.

Over 1,500 people were in attendance at the convention. Over 1,120 delegates and 76 alternate delegates were identified in the initial report of the credentials committee. Delegates were joined by non-voting guests from throughout the state.

Resolutions to guide party activities were taken up at 8:30 Saturday morning. Speeches by candidates for party office followed. We returned to resolutions after the speeches, broke for voting, and finished consideration of resolutions at 2:30.

According to party documents, "resolutions are considered active for four years after adoption and the 2017 resolutions will be used to advise the DPW platform drafts in 2018 and 2020." If this writer understands correctly, this means resolutions passed in 2016 and 2017 will impact on the 2018 and 2020 draft platform. Because of the overlap, resolutions adopted in 2016 obviated the necessity of passing the same or similar resolutions in 2017.

Forty-six resolutions were submitted to the Convention for consideration by the Platform and Resolutions Committee. Generated at the county level and approved at the Congressional District Conventions, the Platform and Resolutions Committee compiled, combined similar resolutions, reviewed them for duplication with 2016 resolutions, and submitted them to the Convention. Each resolution came forward with a recommendation for action, no action (due largely to duplication), or recommendation for separate consideration by the convention as a whole.

Most resolutions were acted upon as a group. The group consisted of resolutions about which there was no objection or request for separate consideration. Resolutions identified by the Platform and Resolutions Committee for separate consideration and resolutions identified in the session by any single delegate were then taken up for separate consideration. The resolutions separately considered included a variety affecting party governance, agriculture and environmental affairs, justice, human concerns, and democracy, and education, labor and economics.

Of particular interest to our county we considered and passed resolutions addressing the revision of the laws and rules regulating confined animal feeding operations, urging public funding for contaminated well testing, and recommending termination of the use of public dollars to support private educational institutions. A complete copy of the adopted resolutions will be available through the official Wisconsin Democratic Party website in the near future.

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John Rybski posted this report on the Democratic Party of Kewaunee County FaceBook Group.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 June 2017 20:49
 
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