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Sen. Baldwin aims to push vote to overturn expansion of junk insurance plans

MADISON (WKOW) — Thirty Senators are co-sponsoring legislation to block a regulation by the Trump administration that could overflow health insurance markets with "junk coverage."

The measure introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) would force a vote to overturn the expansion of junk insurance plans, which can deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions.

“The Trump Administration is rewriting the rules on guaranteed health care protections that millions of Americans depend on. They are moving forward on an expansion of junk insurance plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions and don’t have to cover essential services like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, and maternity care,” said Senator Baldwin.

While the measure would need some Republican support, Baldwin said it can show where her GOP colleagues stand if they support efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act reforms.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said Baldwin’s attempt to limit consumer choice in healthcare is a scheme that would be costly.

“Senator Baldwin continues to ignore the forgotten men and women who, under Obamacare, have seen their premiums double, triple, and in some cases quadruple,” said Johnson. “Her solution is to restrict the options families have to choose the health insurance that is right for them. Her preferred idea would increase federal spending by up to $37.9 trillion — a scheme so costly that doubling every American’s income tax still wouldn’t cover it.”

In response to the Trump administration releasing new rules to expand short-term junk insurance plan, DNC spokesperson Daniel Wessel released the following statement:

“This is the latest Trump administration attack on Americans’ health care. By encouraging people to buy short-term junk plans, the administration could drive up premiums for ACA-compliant plans and make care less accessible to the people who need it. The administration’s junk plans wouldn’t be required to insure people with pre-existing conditions or cover benefits like prescription drugs and hospital care. As a result, people who enroll in these junk plans could find themselves locked out of care just when they need it the most.”

“The vast majority of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act should be kept and improved upon, not repeatedly sabotaged as Trump and Republicans have done. Democrats will not stop fighting to reduce costs and increase access to care for all Americans.”

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