PRESS RELEASE: ICYMI: Tammy Baldwin Forcing U.S. Senate Vote on Overturning Junk Insurance Plans

Vote likely Wednesday, Vukmir opposes Baldwin measure to stop junk plans that can deny coverage for pre-existing conditions 

ICYMI — Tammy Baldwin is leading the effort to force a U.S. Senate vote this week on overturning the expansion of junk insurance plans.

The vote is expected to take place Wednesday.

With junk plans, insurance companies can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care.

Leah Vukmir opposes Tammy’s legislation and supports allowing insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions though these junk plans.

Read more in today’s reports:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Tammy Baldwin to lead Democratic push to overturn Donald Trump administration rule on health coverage
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is set to lead a Democratic effort this week to force a Senate vote to overturn a Trump administration rule on short-term health plans.

The vote could come as early as Wednesday.

Baldwin has announced that 49 Senators are in favor of her resolution. She needs two Republican votes to gain passage.

Under a so-called discharge petition, it takes a simple majority in both the the Senate and House to overturn the policy.

“These junk insurance plans can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care,” Baldwin said in a statement.

Baldwin’s effort is opposed by her Republican rival, Leah Vukmir, and Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

Even if Democrats lose the vote, they may emerge with a key issue to battle Republicans in the closing weeks of the midterm election campaign.

Roll Call – Senate Dems Want Republicans to Take a Position on ‘Junk’
Critics call them “junk” plans, since they’re not required to comply with all the regulations of the 2010 health care law.

Baldwin said in a statement… “Anyone who says they support health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions should support this resolution.”

“On Wednesday Senate Republicans get an opportunity to demonstrate independence from Trump and vote against junk insurance plans. Tammy Baldwin’s bill will put them all on the record,” [Sen. Schatz] said.

If it doesn’t win Senate approval, it would still offer a chance for Democrats to force Republicans to take a position on a sensitive topic in a year in which they have sought to make health care a key campaign issue.

The Hill – Senate Dems to force vote this week to overrule Trump ObamaCare change

The resolution, which is supported by all 49 Senate Democrats, is unlikely to pass given that it would need 51 votes, although GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), who broke with their party on health care last year, have not publicly said how they will vote.

Even a failed vote, however, would allow Democrats to hammer Republicans on the issue of pre-existing conditions, which they have made central to the campaign ahead of next month’s midterm elections.

Democrats point out that the short-term health insurance plans can deny people who have pre-existing conditions.

The rule in question, finalized by the Trump administration in August, lifts restrictions that limited short-term plans to a duration of three months. Under the new rules, short-term plans can last up to a year, which critics say makes them not actually “short-term” at all.