New Baldwin TV ad knocks Vukmir for opposing oral chemotherapy bill

Dem U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s latest ad features a woman who says Leah Vukmir “ought to be ashamed” for voting against a bill that required health insurers to treat oral chemotherapy the same as intravenous treatments.

In the ad, Kirsten Jome-Robley, of Manitowoc, said she’s 44 and just finished her last chemo for a brain tumor. She adds oral chemo was the only chemo for her kind of cancer and she’s glad “that Republicans and Democrats made the insurance companies in Wisconsin cover oral chemo.”

“Who would say no to that? Leah Vukmir,” Jome-Robley, adding the Brookfield Republican was “just about the only legislator who stood with the insurance companies instead of the people.”

She concludes the spot, “Leah Vukmir, you ought to be ashamed.”

The original bill cleared the state Senate in 2014 30-2 with Vukmir opposed. The bill was then amended in the Assembly to allow insurers to charge a co-pay, and that version cleared the Senate 26-7 with Vukmir again voting no.

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