Governor Scott Walker
The Governor asked Ted Nickel, the Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance, to respond to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposal to choose health insurance plans for Wisconsin consumers through an “auto-enrollment process.” “When Obamacare passed, President Obama promised Americans they could keep their doctor and they could keep their health insurer. We know that hasn’t turned out to be true. Now the federal government wants to force consumers to enroll in a health insurance plan they didn’t choose, while at the same time sending their sensitive private financial information to the health insurance company without their express permission,” Walker said. “Apparently forcing Americans to buy health insurance through individual mandates wasn’t enough, now the federal government wants to pick the consumer’s plan for them.”
Source: Walker press release
Representative Reid Ribble
Ribble released the following results to a survey he recently sent to constituents:
“This past week, I sent out a survey on a topic that I knew would likely inspire strong feelings – proposals made by some to ban Muslims from entering the United States or to require American Muslims to register for a government database. I have been clear for months that I oppose these ideas, but because they were widely circulated in the news, I wanted to know what you and your neighbors were thinking. I heard from about 3,200 people in Northeast Wisconsin, and the results were surprising. Check them out below.
Would you support a complete ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees entering the United States for some period of time?
Would you support the establishment of a government database of all Muslims in the United States?
In addition to these responses, I received almost two thousand comments, and they ranged widely. Here are some examples: ‘How can you even ask this question? It is un-American. I am of Eastern European descent. I remember stories from my family about discrimination. This is horrible.’ ‘We have to open our eyes and start protecting ourselves – toss out political correctness!’ ‘A Muslim ban or a Muslim database may be the worst idea ever proposed.’ ‘While some say they want to live peaceful lives, can you really determine who they are versus the ones who support a doctrine of violence? If you can’t separate the ‘good from the bad,’ then all must be excluded.’ I share these results because I know these are thorny issues, and there are huge differences of opinions between neighbors. I hope they will spark discussions, and I encourage you to be a part of the discussion on Facebook if you have more to say.”
Source: Ribble press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin joined Rep. Mark Pocan of Madison, Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee, and Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse in a House sit-in on June 22 over Republican refusal to take up gun legislation after the Orlando tragedy.
Speaker Paul Ryan recessed the session, meaning C-SPAN cameras were turned off. Ryan said the event was “nothing more than a publicity stunt” and that the bill Democrats were trying to bring to a vote had already been defeated in the U.S. Senate. He said he would “not bring up a bill that takes away someone’s constitutionally guaranteed rights without due process.”
Source: Various news sources
Senator Ron Johnson
Johnson called into “The Vicki McKenna Show” on Madison AM radio station WIBA June 24 to rail against “nonsense” gun control measures. “Think of all of our freedoms that have been reduced because of Islamic terror,” Johnson said. “We have to quit distracting the American public with these nonsense debates…about gun control, proposing pieces of legislation that will have no effect on these tragedies.”
President Barack Obama
The President expressed satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the state of Texas’s abortion restrictions Monday, saying, “Every woman has a constitutional right to make her own reproductive choices.” The federal government wasn’t a party to the Texas case, which challenged a law requiring abortion clinics to meet minimum health and safety standards. But U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli took the side of a Texas abortion clinic, arguing as a friend of the court that the Texas law “exponentially increases the obstacles confronting women who seek abortions in the state.” The Supreme Court agreed, ruling 5-3 that the restrictions placed an undue burden on women seeking an abortion.
Source: USA Today