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State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

A key issue could derail current government health care plan

Government health care

After narrowly getting through the House during a vote on Saturday night, the government health care plan could be in serious trouble in the U.S. Senate.

Opponents of federal government health care have voiced deep concern about the potential for federal subsidies to be used to fund abortions. Some Senators are pushing for tough restrictions in the legislation to radically reform America’s health care system, and that could ruin plans to have government health care passed by the end of 2009.

The House bill approved over the weekend prohibits government health care from covering abortions, with the exceptions of rape, incest, or life of the mother, essentially current federal law. Health plans that receive federal funding could not provide abortion coverage, but could sell separate plans to cover abortion.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that Senate Democrats need the votes of about a half-dozen abortion opponents in their caucus.

They (Senate Democrats) face a grueling debate against Republicans who are unified in their opposition to a sweeping remake of the health care system. It's unclear how the abortion opponents would line up; the pressure on them will intensify once the legislation is on the floor,” the AP reports.

There are plenty of reasons to oppose government health care. It would be just if the most serious concern, federal funding of abortions, was the issue that killed the legislation.

Read the AP article here. 

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