While I sat and listened to an entire hour of talk radio dealing with the Republican opposition, support, than opposition to the oral chemotherapy bill, I noticed that never once did the Democrats get credit for its unwavering support. That just goes without saying…literally.
And so goes the GOP control over the narrative of these supposed controversial issues.
When something as easy as saving the lives of cancer patients gets all screwed up, imagine if we had a real problem to solve. And that’s the big picture so many are missing here.
Forcing these rabid party purists to do the right thing may need a bit of public shaming, like the Journal Sentinel’s attempt below:While the Republicans listed above aren't smart enough to know right from wrong, and should be tossed from office before they do more harm, they also might be stuffing their coffers with campaign contributions from the insurance industry.
Many Assembly Republicans simply won't say where they stand on a bill to require insurers to cover chemotherapy pills they same way they cover chemotherapy IV treatments.
The Journal Sentinel sent emails and called all 99 members of the Assembly on Monday and Tuesday. All 39 Democrats said they supported it. Half the 60 Republicans have declined to say what they think of the bill or said they were undecided … here's a sampling of those who wouldn't say if they were for or against the bill.
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin): "I really don't have an opinion."
Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-Cascade): "I'm not saying anything about oral chemo."
Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville): "We're still working that out."
Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green): "We'll talk about it Thursday."
Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield): "I'm still discerning it."
Rep. Mary Williams (R-Medford): "Uh, I'm not going to talk to you."
Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva): "I have to take a look at it."
Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander): "I'm going to wait for caucus on Thursday."