Healthcare


Hands Off Our Earned Benefits

  Social Security is an incredibly effective and popular program. It provides benefits to over 1.2 million Wisconsinites and keeps over 400,000 out of poverty. There is no reason Social Security should be a partisan issue. It benefits Republicans, Democrats, and independents. But Senator Ron Johnson wants to put these vital earned benefits at risk by turning Social Security and Medicare into “discretionary spending.” That would turn these programs from guaranteed earned benefits into ordinary government spending that Congress has to vote to fund every ...

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Wausau Pro Choice March

Join us Sunday, July 10 at 3 PM on Wausau’s 400 Block for a Pro Choice March We won’t go back! Bans off our Bodies! This is a march for OUR RIGHTS! We will be collecting personal hygiene items the day of the March! - Tampons (unopened) - Pads (unopened) -Pregnancy Tests (unopened) - Contraceptives (unopened condoms, dental dams, etc.) - Unopened Prepaid phones and cards - Gas cards - Monetary donations (Please try and refrain from written checks, we will however take them if it’s your only option) All donations will be collected at ...

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July 4, What a Strange Day This Will Be

It’s an understatement to say that most of us have to swallow REALLY hard to show patriotism to a country that just overturned Roe, and one in which an entire party is still parroting the “Big Lie” that has been repeatedly disproven for the last year and a half, but most recently by courageous Republican witnesses in the January 6 hearings. How do we watch fireworks and listen to the “Stars and Stripes” when our country is so sick? Well, like any good Midwesterner, I’d suggest channeling our innate passive aggression, putting on a happy face, pushing ...

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U.S. healthcare System working to be Part of Global Change

The US Healthcare system is a substantial contributor to climate change, responsible for about 10% of the nation's carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants. If the global health sector were a country, it would be the 5th largest emitter on the planet. Fortunately, there are a growing number of cutting-edge Wisconsin and national health care facilities that have made significant progress by voluntarily incorporating sustainability into their work. Gundersen Hospital in La Crosse leads Wisconsin's pioneers. In 2008, then CEO Jeff Thompson, MD ...

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Supreme Politics

The recent big news story is the Supreme Court's leaked draft of the upcoming decision to overturn Roe vs Wade. This should be no surprise. It has long been expected. Obama was outrageously denied an appointment and Trump made three appointments to the Court. These three judges were deliberately chosen for their opposition to abortion and their extreme positions on other issues. The current Supreme Court is a glaring example of a “packed” court dominated by extreme right wing ideologues. These judges are not impartial arbiters of the law. Jim Hightower devoted ...

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Poor People’s Campaign rallies to Washington D.C.

We will have a full story in our next edition of Middle Wisconsin.  In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the "Poor People's Campaign." Over fifty-years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People's and Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls. The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor ...

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Women’s reproductive health under fire from an unjust system

Eight million women are uninsured as they face the "Medicaid gap" when their income is too high for Medicaid and too low to purchase healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Individual Liberty and Health Care

Recently I had conversation with a college student on the subject of a national health care program. The student objected to “Obama Care” because it limited his “liberty.” Being required to participate infringed on his freedom to choose not having health insurance. He also objected to paying for other people, especially those who might do unhealthy things. I suggested to him that we are all members of a society. No man, or woman, is an island and no one is free to do, or not do, anything they want. All civilized societies impose necessary restrictions on people. ...

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Looking at ACA

Remember the high-gloss campaign mailings? The non-stop TV and radio campaign ads from last year about protecting people with pre-existing conditions? I bet you heard more than you ever wanted about pre-existing conditions, right? Well, the number one issue from last fall’s election is coming home to roost here in the Legislature. When I left office as State Representative in 2010, bipartisanship was at an all-time low. The biggest political football at the time was the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Democrats knew it would be a political liabil...

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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is insurance-based healthcare legislation designed to improve Americans' access to medical care at lower costs. Some of its components are: get everyone in the insurance pool by requiring insurance with the individual mandate; help low-income folks pay for insurance with government subsidies; expand Medicaid eligibility to very low-income populations; let children stay on parents' plans until age 26; require insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions; make participating insurance ...

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