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Sen. Baldwin’s “junk insurance” resolution falls short

MADISON (WKOW) — Sen. Tammy Baldwin fell short of passing her resolution to block the Trump’s Administration rule to expand health insurance plans. The Senate voted 50-50 on the measure, with one Republican voting in favor but failed to get a majority to overturn the rule.

Baldwin argues an expansion of insurance plans would deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions. Baldwin’s Democratic colleagues voted in favor of the resolution because they said Trump’s expansion would not provide coverage for services like prescription drugs and emergency room visits.

“This was an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to protect people’s access to quality, affordable health care when they need it most,” said Baldwin in a statement. “It’s disappointing that too many Senate Republicans failed to keep their promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage.”

Democrats often label President Trump’s rule as “junk plans” because they said it won’t provide essential health benefits and could deny coverage to people who have prior conditions.

The Trump administration said the new rule will ‘increase choices for Americans facing high premiums and provide more flexibility that’s currently not available on the individual insurance market.’

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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