For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Contact: Brad Bainum, bradb@wisdems.org

Leah Vukmir: Putting Powerful Insurance Companies First

Vukmir is campaigning on gutting protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions and taking us back to the days when insurance companies could write their own rules

MADISON -- Following her career-long record of siding with powerful insurance companies and legislating their agenda, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir is campaigning on multiple efforts to gut protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.

In the state legislature, Vukmir repeatedly voted with insurance companies at the expense of Wisconsin families --consistently opposing coverage expansions for Wisconsinites, and even voting against coverage for hearing-impaired kids and Wisconsinites in need of oral chemotherapy treatments

During her U.S. Senate campaign, Vukmir has -- true to her record -- backed multiple efforts to gut protections that prevent insurance companies from jacking up prices on or denying coverage to Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.
1. Vukmir supports repealing the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions -- Vukmir is campaigning on repealing the Affordable Care Act and gutting its protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions. Vice President Mike Pence has said that Vukmir is the vote that Republicans need in the U.S. Senate to pass a Republican repeal plan that would gut pre-existing condition protections. Vukmir is on the record supporting 3 separate GOP repeal plans that would gut protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.
2. Vukmir supports striking down the Affordable Care Act's protections for people with pre-existing conditions -- Vukmir is supportive of Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel's Gov. Scott Walker-endorsed lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care Act's protections for Wisconsinites who have pre-existing conditions. 
 
3. Vukmir supports GOP "junk insurance" plans that lets insurers discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions -- Vukmir says she supports the Trump Administration's rule to let insurance companies issue so called "junk insurance" plans, which the AARP says allows insurance companies to "deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions [...] and impose an age tax, charging older Americans much higher premiums." That's a stark contrast with Tammy Baldwin, who's leading the fight to protect coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions by seeking to overturn Republicans' "junk insurance" plan rule.

When it comes to health care, Leah Vukmir is looking out for powerful insurance companies -- she just isn't on Wisconsin's side.