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Conservatively Speaking

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.

Wal-Mart to the rescue….in Wisconsin

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One of my very first blogs on Conservatively Speaking during February 2007 was titled, “Wal-Mart to the rescue.”  I wrote, in part:

“The best solution to provide top-notch health care at affordable prices is not going to come out of city halls, statehouses, or Washington D.C. Any talk of fixing health care in America should have Wal-Mart and other private sector executives at the discussion table.

Wal-Mart is revolutionizing access to prescription drugs. During September 2006, Wal-Mart made over 300 generic prescriptions available to customers and their employees, referred to as associates, in 65 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club pharmacies in the Tampa, Florida area. The cost per prescription was an incredible $4. The program is also open to the uninsured.

Needless to say, Wal-Mart’s $4 prescription drug program became so immensely popular in Tampa that Wal-Mart expanded it statewide in Florida during October 2006, four months ahead of schedule. Medications for everything from allergies to diabetes and Parkinson’s disease are available. Discount drugs are available at Wal-Marts in 15 states, including neighboring Illinois and Indiana.

Customers are thrilled. Kelius Guzman of Chicago said, ‘Four bucks for a prescription is just amazing.’ Another Chicago resident, Clyde Branch who is now saving $120 per month said it’s a great program, ‘especially for seniors, because we have a rough time trying to keep up with the price of prescription drugs’.”

You can read my blog here. 

Interestingly, the state Assembly Thursday approved legislation that would allow big-box retailers like Wal-Mart to offer more prescription drugs at the incredible price of $4/ month.

Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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