U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin calls out President Trump, says he hasn’t followed through with health care promises

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Shortly before the Vice President’s visit to Eau Claire on Thursday, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) held a video press conference.

Baldwin called out the Trump administration for their response to the pandemic and laid out the snowball effect Trump’s decisions have created, especially in health care.

She said the president continues to attack protections for preexisting conditions and the Affordable Care Act.

According to Baldwin, over 1.2 million Wisconsinites already have one or more preexisting conditions, and testing positive for COVID-19 is now considered a preexisting condition.

As of Thursday, Wisconsin had a total of 108,324 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Baldwin says when it comes to health care, the administration and the Republican Party have made plenty of claims but failed to deliver.

“Ever since the Affordable Care Act was passed we’ve been hearing time and time again from the Republicans that they would offer something better. So where is their plan? As a candidate, Donald Trump promised he’d lower health care and lower prescription drug costs, all while protecting people with preexisting conditions. And yet, we see from this administration effort after effort to cut health care and promote junk insurance plans that aren’t even worth the paper they’re written on,” Baldwin said.

ER Doctor and candidate for Wisconsin’s 67th State Assembly District Chris Kapsner also shared his thoughts and frustrations during the video conference.

“We’re all tired of this. I heard my son, who is a freshman in college, say ‘I just want this to be done.’ He wants to go on and have his normal college life, which, unfortunately, this pandemic is preventing,” Kapsner said. “We’re going to get through this, all of us, we’re going to get through it. We could get through it much quicker if we embrace common sense things.”

Kapsner said there is still a long road ahead, and we need to learn to live with this.

“To get through it quickly, safely, we need to protect each other and our neighbors. We need to be wearing our masks. We need to do more aggressive testing. We need to have broadband, support our teachers so we have more staff. These are all the things we could have, should have done to help us get through this pandemic quicker and safer,” he explained.

He said the Republican-controlled legislature had plenty of opportunities to do all these things.

“Without this leadership, here we are floundering for nine months, both on a state level and a federal level,” Kapsner added.

Wisconsin resident Bob Andruszkiewicz, who has preexisting conditions, also joined in on the conversation, sharing his concerns about the future of health care if Trump remains in office.

Before the Affordable Care Act, he had trouble with his health insurance company.

When the insurer found out about his MS they tried to kick him off of his insurance, illegally.

He doesn’t want that to happen again — to anyone.

“I just want to protect anyone that had what I went through. So it’s very important that we keep the ACA, and it’s very important that we get out and vote to make sure we protect it,” Andruszkiewicz said.

Baldwin ended the conference by reminding Wisconsinites how important our battleground state is to the outcome of the election.

“We know that the road to the White House goes straight through Wisconsin,” she said.