U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is a Democrat who represents the Madison area.(Photo: Lauren Victoria Burke, Associated Press)

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Republican replacement plan for Obamacare.

Tweaks are still being made. But the heart of the plan, according to U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, would be a sop to the rich.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the Madison-area Democrat's claim that under "Trumpcare," as he calls the plan, “$600 billion worth of tax breaks will go to the wealthiest in this country.”

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A 63-year-old Wisconsin heart surgeon who was on vacation in New Zealand with his wife pleaded guilty to careless driving charges Tuesday after police say he caused an accident while attempting a U-turn on a coastal highway, killing two people and injuring four others.

Kenneth Wolnak faces a maximum of three months in jail on each of the six charges after pleading guilty at the Nelson District Court. Wolnak’s lawyer Tony Bamford says he doesn’t expect Wolnak to serve jail time but rather to potentially meet with the victims or their families as part of a restorative justice procedure. He is to be sentenced next month.

“He’s coming to terms with the result of his actions,” Bamford said. “It’s a challenge for a man who has spent most of his life saving lives.”

Wolnak, who works at Mercyhealth in Janesville, Wisconsin, rented a Toyota SUV in Christchurch in mid-February and traveled extensively around New Zealand’s South Island with his wife Elizabeth, according to a police summary of facts.

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Sen. Ron Johnson says he is "skeptical" that he and his fellow Republicans in Congress can pass an Obamacare replacement plan this year.(Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin expressed deep skepticism Tuesday about the Obamacare replacement bill his party is struggling to pass in the U.S. House this week.

“I’ve got a lot of problems with the House bill as it’s written right now,” Johnson said at a gathering hosted by

“I’m going to need a lot more information and I think a lot more modifications to this bill” before voting for it, he told a reporter after the event.

Johnson’s qualms about a plan championed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, his fellow Wisconsin Republican, underscore the challenges Republicans face in getting a health care measure to President Donald Trump’s desk, despite their control of both chambers.

Gov. Scott Walker's goal to create 250,000 jobs in his first four years in office continues to be elusive more than six years into his tenure.(Photo: Coburn Dukehart / Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he believed House Republicans were improving their plan to repeal Obamacare and warned the worst thing they could do is fail to act.

“The last thing they can do is do nothing. Because doing nothing would be a big mistake not just here, but across the country,” the GOP governor told reporters after awarding grants to veterans groups at the state Capitol.

Walker said he thought House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and others would improve the legislation by providing better tax credits to people in their 50s and 60s.

“We’ll look at the total part of it, but I think they’re moving in the right direction,” he said.

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The Murr family cottage on the shore of Lake St. Croix, in western Wisconsin.(Photo: Family photo)

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court struggled on Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas.

The case involves a family’s effort to sell part of its riverfront land in Wisconsin. The family planned to use the money from a vacant lot they own to pay for improvements on a cabin that sits on the parcel next door.

But St. Croix County officials nixed the sale for violating local conservation rules and treated the lots as a single property that can’t be split up. The family says that’s unfair and claims the government should pay what the vacant parcel is worth — up to $400,000. The government argues that when viewed as a whole, the land remains quite valuable and the family is owed nothing.