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DPW: Kleefisch says Walker Administration “can’t guarantee” what will be in state level protections for pre-existing conditions

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DPW: Kleefisch says Walker Administration “can’t guarantee” what will be in state level protections for pre-existing conditions
Kleefisch: “I can’t guarantee what the Senate will pass and the Assembly will pass…”

Today, Rebecca Kleefisch went on ‘UpFront’ with Mike Gousha and completely exposed Scott Walker’s empty promises on health care. Walker has approved a lawsuit that threatens to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, yet he claims they can pass state level protections. But when Mike Gousha pressed Kleefisch to get specifics, she admitted she “can’t guarantee” what would be in the final bill.

Furthermore, when Gousha asked her if the bill would cover prescription drugs, she couldn’t answer him. (We checked: if Walker’s lawsuit succeeds, prescription drug coverage — and all other essential health benefits protected by the ACA — would evaporate.)

Watch it HERE.

There’s a reason Kleefisch is being cagey. Health care experts have already said that the state level bill would “fall well short” of current protections. And regardless of what’s in the bill, Republican senate leader Sen. Scott Fitzgerald admitted that his caucus might not even have the votes to pass the bill.

“Rebecca Kleefisch just confirmed what we already know: Scott Walker is not telling the truth about covering pre-existing conditions,” said DPW Spokesperson Alex Japko. “If the Walker administration doesn’t even know what’s in their plan, how can they promise Wisconsin voters they can get it passed?” 

Transcript:

GOUSHA: Okay. The Senate hasn’t passed it yet.

KLEEFISCH: Not yet.

GOUSHA: So it’s not law yet.

KLEEFISCH: Not yet.

GOUSHA: Correct. The Assembly bill, would insurance companies have to cover prescription drugs, for instance?

KLEEFISCH: I would have to look at the bill language that is going to be passed. The Governor will call an extraordinary session. He already said that. And I can’t guarantee what the Senate will pass and the Assembly will pass when he calls the extra session is going to be identical…

WisDems: Counting down the ways Vukmir sold out Wisconsin

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Contact: Brad Bainum
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WisDems: Counting down the ways Vukmir sold out Wisconsin:
#9. Vukmir Sold Out Wisconsin Seniors On Nursing Home Abuse

Vukmir pushed a measure that benefited her donors by making it harder for Wisconsinites to hold abusive nursing homes accountable

MADISON — With nine days left until Election Day, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is continuing to count down ways that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir has spent her 16 years in the state legislature working for her corporate special interest backers and selling out everyday Wisconsinites.

#9: Vukmir Sold Out Wisconsin Seniors On Nursing Home Abuse

Leah Vukmir in 2008 and again in 2011 coauthored and pushed legislation that gutted nursing home accountability and “made it more difficult to hold nursing homes accountable for wrongdoing.”

As highlighted in early October by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the measure sold out Wisconsin seniors and their families, by making it harder for them to hold abusive or neglectful nursing homes accountable, but it did benefit one group: Leah Vukmir’s longtime employers and donors.

In return for Vukmir selling out Wisconsin nursing home residents and their families, two Vukmir donors have “given Vukmir nearly $18,000 since 2004, including the maximum $10,800” for her U.S. Senate campaign.

It’s a pattern throughout Leah Vukmir’s legislative record: whenever Vukmir and her corporate special interest backers have profited, everyday Wisconsinites have shouldered the burden.

Counting Down The Ways Leah Vukmir Has Sold Out Wisconsin:

#10. Vukmir Backs Earned Benefit Cuts To Offset Tax Breaks For The Top 1%

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