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.

I want a public hearing on health care mandate

Legislation, Government health care

I issued the following news release today:

SJR 62 denies government attempt to force purchase of health care on WI citizens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT: Sen. Lazich
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010                                    PHONE: (608) 266-5400

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) is renewing her request that the chairman of the state Senate Health Committee, state Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) hold a hearing on a proposed state constitutional amendment about the approved federal government health care mandate. Senate Joint Resolution 62 (SJR 62) provides that Wisconsin residents have the right to enter into private contracts with health care providers for health care services and prohibits enactment of any law that requires any person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage.

“This is the single most important bill of the legislative session,” said Lazich, the ranking minority member of the state Senate Health Committee. “Wisconsin citizens want to and deserve to be heard. The thousands upon thousands of individuals in Wisconsin that strongly believe that this mandate is wrong and unconstitutional cannot be ignored.”

Lazich appeared at a state Capitol news conference with SJR 62 author, state Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan), and co-author, state Representative Robin Vos (R-Racine) to urge the Joint Resolution be scheduled for a public hearing. During the news conference, Lazich held up a letter she sent to Senator Erpenbach, requesting a public hearing.

“What could be more bipartisan than to conduct a public hearing on this resolution before the legislative session runs out,” said Lazich. “If people like the federal mandate, they can testify in support. If people do not like the mandate that imposes fines for failing to purchase insurance, they can testify in opposition.”

Lazich said the quality of health care is likely to deteriorate in Wisconsin under the approved federal health care bill.

Wisconsin has some of the best doctors, the best hospitals, the best clinics, and some of the best care in the nation,” said Lazich. “Our high quality medical care is now in jeopardy and concerned citizens should be given the opportunity to be heard.”

Dozens of citizens from all across Wisconsin in support of SJR 62 appeared at the news conference and marched to Senator Erpenbach’s office to request a public hearing. A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures, and approval from voters in a statewide referendum.

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