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Mayor Tom Barrett and Chair Martha Laning Slam Disastrous Trumpcare Bill, Call For Strengthening ACA

If Trumpcare becomes the law of the land, it is estimated that 311,000 Wisconsin residents will lose their health care coverage.

By - Jun 10th, 2017 02:19 pm
Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

MADISON — On a press call ahead of remarks from Vice President Mike Pence in Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett and Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning highlighted the disastrous effects of Trumpcare which stands to kick 23 million Americans off of their heath care insurance.

“I’m surprised that the Vice President wants to come to Wisconsin to tout legislation that is designed to deny health care for 23 million Americans and give tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this nation,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “It’s notable that he’s not appearing at a place where you’re going to find people between 50-60 who are going to be affected by this adverse – because those are the people that are really going to suffer from this action that is moving through Washington right now.”

If Trumpcare becomes the law of the land, it is estimated that 311,000 Wisconsin residents will lose their health care coverage. In addition, uncertainty surrounding Gov. Walker’s plans to opt-out of federal health protections could jeopardize access and increase costs for more than 850,000 Wisconsin residents with pre-existing conditions.

Trumpcare contains an Age Tax – placing a greater burden on millions of Americans ages 50 – 64 by allowing insurers to charge them at least 5 times more. It also guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions, letting insurers jack up their rates as much as they want – breaking a promise Trump and many Members of Congress made.

“Trumpcare will mean real harm for Americans across our nation. Average Wisconsinites will feel the impact of this bill in the doctor’s office and in their checkbook,” said Chair Martha Laning. “Kicking vulnerable people off of their health care insurance isn’t the Wisconsin way. These aren’t just numbers, these are real people and we need to prioritize taking care of our most vulnerable Wisconsinites.”

For some Americans, Trumpcare will mean bankruptcy.  For others, it will be a death sentence.  At a time when working families are still struggling to get ahead – this bill will be devastating to both their health and their pocketbooks. That’s why an overwhelming number of Americans disapprove of Trumpcare and would like to strengthen the Affordable Care Act to ensure that every American has access to health care.

“You look at this legislation and what it does for people in the state of Wisconsin – in rural areas in particular where you’re going to see dramatic increases or if you look at people who have pre-existing conditions and the difficulties they’re going to have to continue to get coverage. It raises the question of why Republicans are doing this. And I think we know the answer, [Republicans are] obsessed with the fact that this legislation passed under President Obama. And regardless of the fact that it has been successful, they are going to do everything they can do to kill the [Affordable Care Act] even though it means 23 – 24 million Americans will no longer have health care. To me, that is the opposite of the direction we should be going. We should be making sure people have health care – rather than trying to deny them care,” concluded Mayor Barrett.

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One thought on “Mayor Tom Barrett and Chair Martha Laning Slam Disastrous Trumpcare Bill, Call For Strengthening ACA”

  1. MARY GLASS says:

    June 11, 2017

    Mayor Tom Barrett and Chair Martha Laning Slam Disastrous Trumpcare Bill, Call For Strengthening ACA

    “I’m surprised that the Vice President wants to come to Wisconsin to tout legislation that is designed to deny health care for 23 million Americans and give tax breaks to the wealthiest people in this nation,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “It’s notable that he’s not appearing at a place where you’re going to find people between 50-60 who are going to be affected by this adverse – because those are the people that are really going to suffer from this action that is moving through Washington right now.” Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee
    “Kicking vulnerable people off of their health care insurance isn’t the Wisconsin way. These aren’t just numbers, these are real people and we need to prioritize taking care of our most vulnerable Wisconsinites.” Martha Laning, Chair, WI Democratic Party
    *****************
    Chairwoman Martha Laning:

    As you move into your 2nd two-year tenure as the Chair of WI Democratic Party, it is important that the voters – potential voters, registered voters, active voters, those about to be purged due to non-voting since 2012 – voters of various parties, Democratic, Independent, Republican, Green, Federalists and other persuasions deserve leadership from you and all under the umbrella of the Democratic Party that makes them THINK.

    The People must see What’s in it for them – individually and as a whole.

    You and the DEM Team need a NEW game of engagement that arouses Solidarity and INCLUSION of the People of Wisconsin. Therefore, when you call out the outlandish behavior of Michael Richard Pence, Vice President of the USA, and any other Tumptarian, they are at least willing to listen and/or read what you say.

    Example
    We need to know and/or be reminded on a regular basis of the risk items of SABOTAGE by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarty, Orrin Hatch, Charles Ernest Grassley, Richard Burr, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and the gang of slicksters in Congress determined to destroy the benefits of healthcare just to Appeal President Obama’s Affordable Health Care plan. Orrin Hatch was very busy this past week trying to slip through the Finance Committee the wrong of the Republicans regarding the Affordable Health Care.

    He was busy this past week trying to make BOGUS changes to the Affordable Health Care plan while the camera was on the anticipation of the hearing of James Brien Comey, ex-FBI Director, and the shenanigans of Donald John Trump, President USA.

    Hatch was outed by Senator Claire Conner McCaskill (D) of Missouri.

    This is what the People need to be calling their due diligence advocacy and ATTACK.
    Ryan is at the top. What is your call to the People to ATTACK Ryan?
    Yes. ATTACK with communications of all kinds – calls, texts, emails, letters, postcards, more calls and more calls, group due diligence, followed by a visit to offices and town hall meetings. Where possible, visit those that impact Ryan in Janesville, Racine and the people who can vote his replacement.

    Reince Priebus is from Wisconsin. He is in the White House. What is your call to the People with specific ATTACK to save their health care?

    Priebus worked with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. What are they doing to promote quality of life healthcare for Milwaukeeans? This is a law firm that has made its “bread and butter” with local government Milwaukee for decades. The connection, Milwaukeeans/taxpayers paid the tab. Again, call for ATTACK.

    Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, is at the top of Wisconsin in a destructive posture. What is your call to the People to ATTACK Walker for NOW results with the laws of interference in Wisconsin, Wisconsin Insurance Commission and WI Aging Department?

    AND,
    What announcements of TRUSTWORTHY persons with INNOVATIVE IDEAS are you following and grooming for all down-ballot positions – Governor down?

    Your first debuts should have solutions wrapped in solidarity – URBAN and RURAL.
    You and Tom Barrett missed the mark here.
    Barrett needs to FIRST get his house in order to foster TRUST.

    Back to the drawing board!

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