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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement after the Senate voted 50-50 on her resolution to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of junk insurance plans.
Forty-nine Democrats and one Republican voted for Baldwin’s resolution, while fifty Senate Republicans voted for an expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to provide essential health services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits and maternity care.
“This was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to protect people’s access to quality, affordable health care when they need it most.
“I’m pleased that I earned bipartisan support for my resolution to overturn the Trump administration’s expansion of junk insurance plans but it’s disappointing that too many Senate Republicans failed to keep their promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage.
“I will continue my fight to protect the guaranteed health care protections that millions of Americans depend on because the people of Wisconsin did not send me to Washington to take their health care away; they need us to work together to protect people’s health care and make it more affordable.”
Senator Baldwin’s effort was supported by more than 20 of the nation’s top health care organizations including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American Heart Association, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, WomenHeart, National Women’s Law Center, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association, American Psychiatric Association, Residential Eating Disorders Consortium, Protect Our Care, Families USA, AIDS United, Association for Community Affiliated Plans, Mental Health America and the Little Lobbyists.
An online version of this release is available here.