Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Courtney Beyer
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 17:53
Trumpcare will be nothing short of disastrous for Wisconsin families, and we urge that our colleagues in Congress stand up and fight back against this legislation.
MADISON - All 48 members of the Wisconsin State Democratic Caucus sent a letter to the Wisconsin Congressional Federal Delegation yesterday urging caution on the GOP’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a shocking report released by the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office, the GOP replacement proposal is estimated to drastically raise health insurance premiums and cause 24 million Americans to lose their health insurance.
Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) offered the following remarks:
“Trumpcare will be nothing short of disastrous for Wisconsin families and everyone will know someone who lost insurance. The poor and the elderly will be disproportionately uninsured or saddled with ridiculously high premiums. The uninsured rate of people like myself aged 50 and older would rise to almost 30% while the wealthy get tax breaks.
“Republicans seem to have forgotten that it wasn’t too long ago that tens of thousands of people were dying every year because they didn’t have health insurance. We Wisconsin Democrats are united in our opposition to this dangerous proposal, and we strongly urge that our colleagues in Congress stand up and fight back against this legislation.”
The House is expected to vote on the GOP’s American Healthcare Act on Thursday.
MADISON - Last week, Congressman Glenn Grothman helped get Trumpcare across the finish line in the House Budget Committee by supporting the bill in the committee even though he publically voiced reservations about some aspects of the bill. One would hope that a Republican from Wisconsin would see the value in amending the widely-panned legislation estimated by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to eliminate health care coverage for 24 million people by 2026. Unfortunately, giving more American access to quality, affordable health care isn't a priority for Rep. Grothman.
In the same committee, Grothman has introduced an amendment to unfairly kick 26-year-olds off their parent's health care insurance, only allowing them to stay on their parent's plans until age 23. Meaning the very same young entrepreneurs who already have to overcome inherent barriers to just have the opportunity to achieve success, must now give up their innovative ideas and pursuit of the American Dream to settle for a job that offers the benefit of health insurance.
"Rep. Glenn Grothman's amendment will stifle innovation and curtail the ambition of young entrepreneurs across Wisconsin who would otherwise lead the Fortune 500 companies of the future," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin communications director Brandon Weathersby. "When young people see the enormous cost of healthcare that they'd be forced to shoulder under Trumpcare, there's no way they will take the risks necessary to start their own business and create jobs. We already knew that Trumpcare would be a disaster for Wisconsin, but Rep. Glenn Grothman short-sighted proposal makes it even worse."
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:29
Thousands to lose coverage, millions would face higher costs.
MADISON – As a result of the Republican health care repeal, over 220,000 Wisconsin residents could lose their coverage and another 3.2 million individuals could see higher out-of-pocket costs. Numerous reports have indicated that seniors and rural families will be hit hardest by the federal changes which are being pushed through by Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump over the objections and concerns of health advocates and moderate lawmakers. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) noted the significant impact on Wisconsin families and expressed concerns with the proposed changes.
“Wisconsin families and seniors would see major cost increases and coverage hurdles as a result of the Republican health care repeal,” said Shilling. “These are our friends, neighbors and relatives who are losing coverage. For many, the changes being proposed in Washington D.C. are a life and death matter. Instead of going back to the days when insurance companies could unfairly discriminate against individuals, we should protect the progress we’ve made and ensure families have the opportunity to access quality and affordable health care coverage.”
More than three dozen Wisconsin state senators and representatives sent a letter to the state’s congressional delegation on Tuesday expressing concerns with the proposed changes. The letter noted that 24 million Americans will lose coverage under the proposed ACA repeal and millions more would face additional out-of-pocket cost increases.