Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin: Helps Scott Walker solve legal mystery

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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin: Helps Scott Walker solve legal mystery

MADISON – In a new interview, Gov. Scott Walker claimed he would call a special session of the Wisconsin legislature to pass a bill to protect people with pre-existing conditions “if something were to change” before January to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s comprehensive ban on discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions.

Apparently, Scott Walker forgot that HE is the “something” that could strip protections for his constituents with pre-existing conditions.

Scott Walker’s administration is leading the charge in the lawsuit, which is awaiting a ruling any day now, that would strike down the very protections he promises to protect. Walker’s own administration admits his lawsuit would strip care from Wisconsinites. This lawsuit could threaten access to health care for many of the 1,187,000 women in Wisconsin who have a pre-existing condition.

One other thing that Scott Walker forgot to mention –– the state legislature’s bill that Walker is touting as a replacement to the ACA’s robust protections has been criticized by health experts as the equivalent of “trying to replace a dam in a river with a couple of rocks.”

Quote from Nicole Safar, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin:
“In November, we have a clear choice. Governor Walker has taken every opportunity to threaten the Affordable Care Act and its protections for the millions of us in Wisconsin with pre-existing conditions. If Scott Walker really wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination, he would call on his Attorney General Brad Schimel to drop the legal challenge to the ACA today. His administration continues to lead the charge to invalidate existing protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This lawsuit threatens access to health care for millions, including hundreds of thousands of us in Wisconsin who have a pre-existing condition. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin calls on Scott Walker and Brad Schimel to drop the legal challenge to the ACA and protect Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions.”

Scott Walker can repeat his false promises that he will protect people with pre-existing conditions, but he can’t just erase his long history of undermining access to affordable health care in Wisconsin:

  • Walker’s administration leads the newest legal challenge to the ACA which, if successful, will raise premiums and decrease coverage for over 400,000 Wisconsinites.
  • Scott Walker has been a long-time foe of the ACA; during his failed presidential run, Walker pledged to repeal the law on day one in the Oval Office, which would roll back protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Walker suggested he may allow Wisconsin insurers to ignore protections for the millions of Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions under the GOP bill to repeal the ACA.
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