WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement on the Senate Republicans’ health care repeal plan:
“This issue is very personal to me because when I was young, I had a childhood illness and was branded as a child with a pre-existing condition. This is also very personal to the people of Wisconsin, and tonight families will lay awake wondering if the health care they have today will be there tomorrow.
“For Wisconsin families struggling to get ahead, this repeal plan has no heart and people are scared that it will make things worse. It will make families pay more for less care and increase the number of people who are uninsured. The guaranteed protections and care that you have today are weakened and now, politicians in Madison will decide whether you keep the care you have, or whether it is taken away.
“If you are older, you could pay an age tax. If you have a pre-existing condition or struggle with a sickness, you could be thrown into a high-cost pool that prices your family out of your health insurance. This repeal plan cuts and caps Medicaid, putting care at risk for everyone who depends on it—from a loved one who depends on Medicaid for nursing home care to a disabled child who relies on Medicaid funding at school.
“The people of Wisconsin did not send me to Washington to take people’s health care away. I am going to fight to protect the health care people have today and I will continue my work to make it more affordable, not more costly.”