On Tuesday night, June 25th, MFTP president Steve Welcenbach attended the Waukesha County Board meeting, expressing the group’s opposition to the idea that Waukesha County establish its own in-house healthcare facility. Besides being philosophically opposed to government competing with the private sector and pursuing activities that people can provide for themselves, MFTP also opposed moving forward with any aspect of this idea based upon the data provided to support it. Anyone claiming to be able to predict and quantify healthcare costs in both the near term or long term has a crystal ball better than Santa’s.
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Anyone claiming to be able to predict and quantify healthcare costs in both the near term or long term with the advent of ObamaCare and all of its uncertainty must provide much more detailed support of their research investigation and how they arrived at each conclusion. In fact, some of the comments and disclaimers written in the report document do not convey a great deal of certainty in their figures.
And as usual, the downsides were essentially ignored, just like the TIF district downsides were not mentioned at all in Mark Fitzgerald’s presentation to the Village board last month. No private sector venture would ever be considered without a thorough analysis of the risks and downsides.
The vote regarding this County medical clinic came as the last item of business. Our two staunch conservative advocates, Janel Brandtjen and Jennifer Grant, again did a terrific job of arguing why proceeding down this path toward a county medical facility would be unwise. But this time they had company. Supervisor Kolb provided an excellent rendition to why government needs to stay out of areas where private sector services are available, among other excellent points. Supervisor Cummings made the well-known observation that once a project like this gets started, i.e. the train leaves the station, each previous successful vote being used to justify voting for the next, especially if money had been allocated or spent for “study.”
Several other excellent arguments were made against this project, with just the usual non-factual arguments made for it – we’ll save money (yeah, right), we have good employees and they deserve it (we should be so privileged to pay for theirs and not be able to afford ours), its only to see if its feasible (get the train out of the station!) we can stop this anytime in the future (like this has ever happened on anything substantial?)
The progressive supporters tried to use the old trick of getting the experts on the stand to answer questions (really advocate for it) but by a 15-8 vote our conservative allies squelched this nonsense since it requires 2/3 vote to make happen. This was a big win for our side and conservatives in Waukesha County.
In the end, after spirited discussion mercifully ending by one supervisor’s motion, the measure was passed 15-8. Voting with the MFTP position were of course Brandtjen and Grant, accompanied by Kolb, Cummings, Batzko, Slattery, Schellinger and Jaske. We thank these County Supervisors for their commitment to conservative principles and smaller government and political courage to show it publically.