U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says “one of the simplest messages” Joe Biden supporters can convey to others is that the Trump administration is suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic.
The Madison Dem and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, at an ACA roundtable touted the former vice president’s efforts in passing ACA into law in 2010.
“Not only did he make (ACA) a top priority during his service as VP for Obama, he has absolutely committed to strengthening it and creating a public option,” Baldwin said. “The stakes in November are not only higher than they’ve ever been, but I truly believe that our democracy and rule of law is on the line.”
They also slammed Trump for “sabotaging” the plan throughout his presidency.
Moore said she didn’t blame the president for the existence of COVID-19, but she did say he “put us behind the eight ball” by initially playing down the potential severity of the crisis.
“Even if we could forgive him for delaying for six weeks, we could not forgive him for not using the Defence Production Act to create PPE and ventilators,” Moore said, referencing a law giving the president powers to force private industry to prioritize government production contracts.
Moore added that House Dems are in constant discussions on how they can protect portions of the ACA such as the ban on discriminating against preexisting conditions and allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26.