Your State Senators on health care and the Constitution

The State Senate just took a procedural vote on Senate Resolution 11, proposed by Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse).  SR 11 would authorize the State Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen, to file or join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare.

The Senate held a rather quick debate on the resolution before voting to not move the resolution to the Organization Committee where it could then be scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate before the legislative session essentially closes this Thursday.  The vote was on party lines; 18 Democrats vote no on the question of scheduling the resolution for a floor vote and all 15 Republicans voted yes.

Here are a few choice comments from your State Senators on the resolution.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Schofield): voting in favor of the resolution is “standing for insurance companies.”

Sen. Dan Kapanke: the resolution and the authorization to file a lawsuit is about “reserving our [state] autonomy.”

Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar): the lawsuits against the health care bill constitute a “phony demagogic effort by attorney generals across the nation.”

Sen. Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie): the health care bill was a “good Republican bill.”

Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon): this isn’t about the health care bill.  SR 11 is responding to the fact that “Congress went farther than the Constitution.”  It’s a state’s rights issue; the federal government has gone too far [by passing Obamacare].

Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee):  this resolution is “not necessary” because there’s already a lawsuit and it’s just a huge waste of time and money.


4 comments on “Your State Senators on health care and the Constitution

  1. Lavon says:

    I whole heartedly agree with Senator Olsen’s comment. The Federal Government cannot force a citizen to BUY ANYTHING. I think before one runs for any government office that person should be given a copy of the Constitution. There is no getting around what the Consitution says — when you see our law makers MAKE UP things to do just that — then they should either be recalled or not reelected in the next election cycle. People (themselves) need to be educated on our wonderful Constitution. It is an AWESOME DOCUMENT. Read it!

  2. Lynn says:

    Senator Olsen is right. I am voting against all incumbent democrats in every upcoming election. Who do you think you are?

  3. Myjay says:

    To Senator Erpenbach,
    I’m sorry, but, how can you talk about waste of time and money?
    The mandates that are now required under this Federal health care law are going to be the biggest waste of time and money this country has ever seen. Seeing to it that Wisconsin has a voice against this is worth it. I hope that you will please allow our voice to be heard and vote for this bill. Thank you.

  4. Thank you, Senator Olson! It doesn’t matter what the rest of the Senators personally think in regard to the healthcare….it depends of what their constituents want. When are they going to get it? Hopefully, in Novemeber, correct?

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