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Oral arguments in lawsuit that could strip pre-existing conditions coverage for 2.4 million Wisconsinites begin today

Oral arguments in the Leah Vukmir-supported GOP lawsuit to strike down protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions begin today. The lawsuit would make the health care law’s individual mandate unconstitutional, axing protections for pre-existing conditions coverage and skyrocketing health care costs.

Leah Vukmir is on the record saying she supports the lawsuit as a “necessary step.”

In June, the Justice Department decided it would not defend the health care law against a lawsuit by Republican Attorneys General intended to sabotage health care for Americans. Nearly three months later, as their lawsuit is being heard by a federal judge and Senate Republicans like Vukmir are scrambling to rewrite their history and contain voter backlash as they face a backlash from voters.

Beyond the lawsuit, Leah Vukmir also supports two additional avenues for undermining the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions. Vukmir supports the Trump Administration’s “junk insurance” rule that the AARP says would let insurance companies “deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions.” And Vice President Mike Pence himself said last week that Vukmir is a vote that Washington Republicans need in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a GOP plan that would gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, strip coverage away from millions, and even let insurance companies charge older Americans more.

“By backing this lawsuit, Leah Vukmir is sending a clear message that she does not want to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and cannot be trusted to stand up for Wisconsin,” said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman David Bergstein. “Health care is a top issue for voters who want a senator that will stand up for their families – – by backing a toxic agenda that raises costs and cuts coverage, Vukmir has failed that test.”

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