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Affordable Health Care
Tammy Baldwin knows on a very personal level how important health care is for Wisconsin families, that is why she has spent her entire career in public service taking on powerful special interests, bringing people together and fighting to ensure that everyone has access to affordable health care.
Tammy comes to her passion for health care because of an early childhood experience. When she was nine years old, she was hospitalized with a serious illness for 3 months. Her grandparents were raising her and discovered that the coverage of her hospitalization was denied because the definition of dependents covered by their policy did not include grandchildren. Once she was completely recovered, Tammy’s grandparents could not find insurance coverage for her because she had a “preexisting condition.”
Access to affordable health care is vital to middle class security and for decades big insurance companies have paid billions every year to game the system. For too long insurance companies had too much power over people’s health care and would arbitrarily cap and cancel Wisconsinites’ benefits, or refuse to cover kids just because they were born with a pre-existing condition.
In Congress Tammy worked for passage of the Affordable Care Act and now because of America’s new health care reform law that will change, and put an end to some of the worst insurance industry abuses.
Before the health care law, insurance companies were free to charge women 50% more than men for the same insurance coverage. Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to do this. The law also prohibits private insurance companies from charging a co-pay or deductible for recommended preventive services like mammograms, contraception and regular well-baby and well-child visits with a pediatrician.
Tammy fought for young people in Wisconsin and was one of the authors of the amendment to allow young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26. As a result, millions more young adults across the country now have health coverage thanks to Tammy’s leadership.
Health care reform will also strengthen Medicare for Wisconsinites. The Affordable Care Act removed wasteful subsidies for insurance companies and helped improve coverage for every single person with Medicare. In fact, the health care law guarantees free preventive care, including the services seniors need to stay healthy. The Medicare prescription drug “doughnut hole” used to leave seniors paying thousands of dollars for the medicines they need. But the health care law is closing the doughnut hole and Wisconsin seniors have saved millions of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.
Tammy’s opponent wants to rip-up the decision of our nation’s highest court, repeal health care reform entirely and start over. Tammy believes that is wrong way forward. She does not believe it makes sense to start over because that means allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to Wisconsin children with pre-existing conditions, stripping young people off their parents’ health insurance plans, and increasing prescription drug costs for Wisconsin seniors.
Tammy is committed to continuing her work across party-lines to make reform work and fix what doesn’t. She understands that the last thing Wisconsin families need is more political fights in Washington. Tammy will fight to protect the gains we have made for the people of Wisconsin and move forward.