New Baldwin TV ad says Vukmir on the side of insurance companies

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s campaign released a new TV ad today charging GOP rival Leah Vukmir is on the side of insurance companies.

Baldwin’s campaign said the spot is running statewide and is a six-figure buy.

The spot opens with four people who said they had encephalitis, cancer, polio and MS.

The man who had polio adds there are more than 2 million Wisconsinites who have a pre-existing condition.

“I’m upset that Leah Vukmir wants to let insurance companies deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions,” says the man who had encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

The woman with MS says that’s “just wrong,” while the man who had polio adds Baldwin has been leading the first to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The man who had encephalitis said it’s a “pretty clear choice.”

“Leah Vukmir is for the insurances companies,” says the woman with MS.

“And Tammy Baldwin’s for us,” the man who had polio says to conclude the spot.

Baldwin, D-Madison, and Vukmir, R-Brookfield, have regularly exchanged barbs over coverage for pre-existing conditions. Vukmir has accused Baldwin of lying about her position, saying she’s committed to covering those with pre-existing conditions and supported a high-risk pool Wisconsin had before the Affordable Care Act to cover them.

Baldwin has countered that pool covered just a fraction of those who have pre-existing conditions and Vukmir supports a repeal of Obamacare, which now provides those protections.

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