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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

The right to choose: HEALTH CARE

Health care, Legislation, WISCONSIN

My State Assemblyman Leah Vukmir sent me the following email today, which I am pleased to share with you.

She and Senator Ted Kanavas are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give us the right to enter into private contracts for health insurance.

2007 Assembly Joint Resolution: To create section 27 of article I of the constitution; relating to: the right of the people to contract privately for health care services and health care coverage and prohibiting requiring a person to participate in a state−sponsored health care system or plan (first consideration).

Whoever thought it would come to this? But at the rate our government both at the Federal level with SCHIP and State level with Badger Care is expanding government run health care programs, I am glad to see this type of guarantee for our right to choose our own private health insurance introduced. (This measure does not discontinue the government programs.)

Be sure to contact your representatives in the Assembly and Senate as well as the Governor and Republican Majority and Minority leaders. I will be encouraging these legislators to co-sponsor and approve this measure. (Contact information follows the email) 

DATE:             February 4, 2008


TO:                  All Legislators


FROM:            Representative Leah Vukmir and

Senator Ted Kanavas


RE:                   Co-Sponsorship of LRB 3966/1 relating to: the right of the people to

contract privately for health care


** Deadline 10:00 AM, February 13th, 2008 **


We are introducing, for first consideration, the following amendment to Article I, Section 27 of the Wisconsin Constitution:


“The people have the right to enter into private contracts with health care providers for health care services and to purchase private health care coverage. The legislature may not require any person to participate in any state−sponsored health care system or plan.”


We believe these rights are fundamental to individual liberty and that the state should not have the power or authority to compel its citizens to participate in a state-sponsored health care system.


Unfortunately, these rights are under attack in our state and we believe the citizens should be allowed to speak for themselves on the question.


This proposal was inspired by the citizens of Arizona who are working to present a similar initiative to the voters this fall. According to one poll, 71% of Arizona voters surveyed would vote for an amendment to ensure their right to choose whether or not to be included in a government-run or mandated health-care system.


We believe the people of Wisconsin are willing to join the citizens of Arizona in drawing a line in the sand against government-run health care.


If you are interested in Co-Sponsoring the Assembly Joint Resolution please contact the Vukmir office at, 6-9180, or the Senate Joint Resolution, contact the Kanavas office at  6-9174, by 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 13, 2008.


Contact your representatives:
State Senator Jim Sullivan, Democrat, 5th District  608-266-2512,  866-817-6061

State Senator Theodore Kanavas, Republican, 33rd District  608-266-9174, 800-863-8883

State Representative Leah Vukmir, Republican, 14th District  608-266-9180

Representative Rich Zipperer, Republican, 98th District  608-266-5120 

Governor Doyle
608-266-1212, 414-227-4344

Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (Assembly Majority Leader), from Horicon. Counties: Columbia and Dodge
Rep. Michael Huebsch (Assembly Speaker), from West Salem. Counties: LaCrosse and Monroe
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (Senate Minority Leader), from Juneau. Counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Jefferson, and Waukesha

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