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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Janesville Residents Petition For Public Option

Channel 3000 Excerpt:
JANESVILLE, Wis. -- The organization Citizen Action of Wisconsin led an effort to deliver a petition signed by more than 2,600 area residents to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's Janesville office on Tuesday.
It's too bad they didn't present their petition to the Janesville city council last week.

In a decision unrelated to CAW's petition drive, the Janesville city council entertained a symbolic resolution in support of universal access to health care. That didn’t last long. Oddly, some members of the council did not want to project a political or partisan bias on the health care issue and demanded the word "universal" be stricken from the resolution. The final diluted endorsement passed but mattered little since there is a wide concensus in favor of some type of generic health care reform.

However in January of this year, the council not only passed a similar endorsement style resolution supporting the widening of the I39/90 expressway, they unanimously endorsed the legislative agenda of the politically active lobbyist group known as “Forward Janesville.” Had they shared the same partisanship as indiscriminately with the recent health care resolution, the council would have endorsed the legislative mission of a politically active organization like HealthCare Now or USaction or Citizen Action Of Wisconsin.

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