Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s latest TV ad features a nurse who says she can’t support Leah Vukmir because the GOP candidate would allow insurance companies to deny coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
It’s Baldwin’s third ad this month hitting Vukmir on health care and the second one to focus on protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Shannon Thielman, of Wausau, opens the ad by saying she’s seen “both sides of how our health care system works” as a nurse and a breast cancer survivor.
She notes like 2 million other Wisconsinites, she has a pre-existing condition.
“So it’s upsetting that Leah Vukmir supports letting insurance companies go back to denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions,” Thielman says to close the spot. “As a nurse and a cancer survivor, I just cannot support Leah Vukmir.”
Baldwin, D-Madison, and Vukmir, R-Brookfield, have exchanges a series of barbs over coverage for pre-existing conditions. On Twitter Thursday, Vukmir, a nurse, told Baldwin to “stop the lies” and wrote she’s committed to covering those with pre-existing conditions, noting Wisconsin previously had a high-risk pool to cover them.
But Baldwin fired back that plan covered less than 1 percent of Wisconsinites who now have pre-existing conditions and asked Vukmir why she supported a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which provides those protections in Wisconsin.
Baldwin’s campaign said it is spending six figures on the spot, which will run statewide.