By Rep. Jimmy Anderson
With all of the chaos in Washington surrounding health care and the Republican-led efforts to strip insurance from 22 million people, it’s easy to miss out on what’s happening at the state level. In the past two months Senate and Assembly Democrats have put forth an entire series of proposals to make sure that no matter what happens in Washington, Wisconsinites will keep their coverage and their families’ lives in tact.
Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Representative Danny Riemer (D-Milwaukee) put forth a series of bills to make sure that Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions cannot be discriminated against and lose their healthcare coverage. They also included provisions to prevent lifetime limits on insurance plans, which would kick people off of their coverage once their maximums had been reached. Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) put forth a proposal that would allow all Wisconsinites and employers to purchase a BadgerCare health insurance plan with lower premiums and better coverage than most private insurers provide on the marketplace. In the coming months, you can be sure to see more efforts from our members to protect and expand your healthcare.
We’re focused on healthcare because we know it’s vital to our economy and most importantly to the health and well-being of our families. We’re doing everything possible to protect Medicaid which serves as the backbone to health care coverage for more than 1 Million Wisconsinites. We have an agenda that’s focused on you. We won’t let special interests and influential donors drive our agenda because we work for you, not Walker’s lobbyists. Quality affordable healthcare is at the center of our agenda because we’re focused on Wisconsin families. That’s our promise to you.
Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Fitchburg) represents Wisconsin’s 47th Assembly District and serves on the Assembly Committees on Colleges and Universities and Environment and Forestry.