*Watch the event here*

WISCONSIN – Today, Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski and Wisconsin health advocates joined Protect Our Care Wisconsin ahead of the first presidential debate of 2024, to call out Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans for their escalating attacks on health care. 

As Donald Trump intensifies his threats to repeal the ACA, Republican lawmakers and their allies are attempting to dismantle reproductive care, hike premiums, slash Medicare and Medicaid, reverse recent coverage gains, and raise prescription drug costs for tens of millions of Americans. The first general election presidential debate will take place on June 27 in Atlanta, GA.

Thanks to the policies championed by President Biden and Congressional Democrats, this year a record 21.3 million people nationwide signed up for coverage under the ACA marketplaces, seniors are saving on insulin and vaccine costs, and Medicare is negotiating lower prices for some of the costliest drugs on the market. While extremist Republicans work to rip away health care from Wisconsinites, President Biden and Congressional Democrats are committed to protecting and strengthening health care by making lower ACA premiums permanent to keep plans affordable for the more than 260,000 state residents enrolled in marketplace plans, extending prescription drug savings to everyone, protecting people with pre-existing conditions, and expanding Medicaid. 

“Donald Trump wants to terminate the Affordable Care Act and significantly cut Medicare and Medicaid — which thousands of Wisconsinites rely on,” said Godlewski, later adding, “There is no doubt about it — healthcare is on the ballot. And, we need to continue the work to expand and strengthen key programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA that millions of Americans rely on.  

Three Wisconsin residents shared their stories navigating health care in America – including a school teacher with an autoimmune disorder, union retiree on prescription drugs, and double lung transplant survivor. Each shared their stories and offered what they hope to hear from the debate stage about health care on Thursday night.

You can watch the full event here, and learn more about Republican attacks on affordable health care here.

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