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6/8/2017 7:28:00 AM
Reader: Baldwin is looking out for Wisconsin

To the Editor: When it comes to Republicans, promises and assurances don't amount to much. Remember when Donald Trump promised that the Republican health care plan would provide health care for all?

Recently, the Congressional Budget Office presented its objective analysis. Over 20 million Americans would lose health insurance, while for many others, coverage would be dramatically reduced. Older citizens would face higher premiums, and those with pre-existing conditions could lose coverage or face sky-rocketing cost increases.

Why do Republicans like the plan so much? Because there would also be over $800 billion in tax giveaways that would mainly benefit the wealthy few.

Of course, they have tried to deceive Americans about this shameful bill. Both Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have said people with pre-existing conditions would be better off than with Obamacare. As The Nation noted (May 25), that is simply a lie. Rep. Sean Duffy claimed that the bill does not involve massive tax cuts for the wealthy. Politifact (May 12) rated that simply "false."

Fortunately, Senator Tammy Baldwin is prioritizing hard-working Wisconsinites rather than the rich. She released a statement saying that "I will not support partisan legislation that increases costs, cuts coverage and imposes an undue burden on older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions."

She added that "The people of Wisconsin did not send me to Washington to take people's health care away. We must work in a bipartisan way to improve and strengthen our health care system." She noted that one way is to work toward reducing the obscene cost of prescription drugs in this country. Along with Republican John McCain, she has introduced the FAIR Drug Pricing Act as a first step to contain the cost of drugs.

As the health care discussion moves to the Senate, it is reassuring that we have one of our elected officials looking out for the interests of the people of Wisconsin.

David Barnhill


Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2017
Article comment by: Robert Wojnowski

Charlie. Please cite one example specifically where Baldwin has voted to discontinue a "health care advantage plan." Am I wrong to assume you have Medicare Insurance at this time. Is it failing you? Robert Wojnowski

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017
Article comment by: Charlie Gullan

David, How can anyone be better off with a failed Obamacare. There are no or one plan available in more & more states right? That will soon leave everyone without Obamacare.
Anyone enjoying a health care advantage plan? Most of us Seniors should know that Tammy has voted to discontinue the plans consistently.

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