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Bus tour to preserve Social Security and Medicaid makes stop in La Crosse on way to DC



A nationwide bus tour aimed at preventing large cuts in government programs made a stop in La Crosse on Saturday.

The group Courage for America joined with Opportunity Wisconsin during an event at Red Cloud Park on La Crosse’s north side, to call on Congress to preserve programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Organizers of the tour oppose efforts, primarily by Republicans in the House, to make cuts in the programs, or to default on the nation’s debts.

The tour began last month in California, in the district of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. It has made stops in 13 Congressional districts held by Republicans from coast to coast. The La Crosse stop, in Wisconsin’s 3rd District represented by Derrick Van Orden, was the last one before the “Back Off Our Benefits” bus reaches Washington, D.C.

Democratic State Senator Brad Pfaff was among the local residents who spoke at the La Crosse press conference. Pfaff called it “irresponsible” for Congress to put medical assistance programs at risk, and he said Wisconsin should join most other states in accepting federal dollars for Medicaid.

Also speaking at the event was La Crosse resident Tina Pohlman, who is a lupus patient and says she needs Medicaid assistance. Pohlman wants Congress to strengthen government medical programs, instead of trying to cut them.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Dave

    April 15, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    If there is a camera Pfaff will have his face in front of it

  2. Pam

    April 16, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    You noticed that too?

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