Rep. Pocan to Walker: “Drop the ACA lawsuit” to protect pre-existing conditions

MADISON (WKOW) — While Governor Scott Walker is making a promise to call lawmakers back for a special session to ensure protections for pre-existing conditions, some health experts don’t believe a bill would guarantee insurance coverage for all patients’ needs.

The governor supports an Affordable Care Act lawsuit that would strip protections away from the Obama-era rule. Walker said that if that lawsuit is ruled unconstitutional, he will make the fix. Democratic U.S. Representative Mark Pocan said Friday he doesn’t believe the governor’s words are sincere.

“You can say you want people covered but if you really mean it, drop out of the lawsuit,” said Pocan. “it’s a terrible lawsuit that’s going to risk people losing their coverage.”

Once a decision is made, either in Congress or a ruling on the lawsuit, some services or costly drugs might not be covered because an insurer could sidestep requirements.

The current state law requires insurers to provide health care services, but some regulations do not include some benefits under the AC, such as certain prescription drugs.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir said she stands by Governor Walker’s willingness to call lawmakers back to ensure protections.

“ I think we can find ways and I think it’s imperative that we find those ways so we can protect those very people that need at safety net protection and I’m very open to looking at all possibilities,” said Vukmir.

Pocan is calling for Walker to drop out of the lawsuit or eliminate it so that Wisconsinites don’t have to fear their pre-existing conditions might not be covered in the future.

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, Vukmir and Scott Walker and others who claim they care about pre-existing conditions their actions are everything but that.’ “

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

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