U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, says it will be an “uphill battle” for Senate Democrats to stop the Republican health care bill.
Senate Democrats are uniformly against the bill Republicans have designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature law.
“I see a lot to be concerned about,” Baldwin said Sunday on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” which is produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. “But the bottom line is that, most people will pay more for less care.”
Baldwin said the bill would make “very sizable and disturbing” cuts to the Medicaid program.
“The people of Wisconsin did not send me to the Senate to take people’s health care away,” she said.
But with Republicans controlling the Senate, the House and the White House, Baldwin said it will be hard for Democrats to defeat the bill.
Also on the program, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, a potential U.S. Senate candidate, said the Senate Republican health care bill should not be rushed into a vote.
“I applaud Sen. (Ron) Johnson and others for slowing down the process, and saying, look, maybe we need to add to this bill, maybe we need to take certain things out,” Vukmir said.
“I think this needs to be done right because this affects so many Americans,” she said.
“But something needs to be done. Obamacare is an utter, utter failure and disaster,” she said.
Vukmir also discussed the campus free speech bill she is sponsoring. She said she’ll be working to move that bill forward after the state budget is finished.
“Our First Amendment rights are under attack all across the country,” Vukmir said. “Our campuses used to be a place where you had the free exchange of ideas. And now we have students who are fearful of speaking.”
Gousha also asked her about the possibility she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018.
Vukmir said she is giving it “very serious and prayerful consideration,” but right now she is focusing on her work on the state budget.
“But I am humbled by the show of support that I’ve had by so many people across our state since the November election, asking me to step up and run against Tammy Baldwin,” Vukmir said.
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