Health Care

Health Care: Steps Toward the Future

Kathleen Vinehout

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Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

An older man contacted me recently with a problem. A visit to the doctor left him with thousands in unpaid bills. Medicare deemed the tests “routine” and not a “medical necessity.” But the gentleman was told, for his occupation, the tests were absolutely necessary.

 

Talk Is All Health Care at the Art Fair

Kathleen Vinehout

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

“My father-in-law is losing his health insurance,” Pam told me. She stopped to chat as we perused the booths at the Stockholm Art Fair.

Stockholm, population 66, has one of the best art fairs in western Wisconsin. Judging by the license plates, the fair is high on the list for Minnesotans too.

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Committee Passage of AB 128

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 26, 2017
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)
 
Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Committee Passage of AB 128
 
MADISON – State Representative Lisa Subeck (D – Madison) released the following statement today after the Assembly Committee on Health passed AB 128 which would eliminate currently provided coverage for medically necessary abortion care for public employees under their health plans.
 
“Republicans are once again using women as political pawns in their quest to advance their extreme political agenda. Over the last six years, Republicans have repeatedly attacked access to women’s health care, and this bill is simply the latest of their litany of attacks. AB 128 means more interference by politicians and, in this case, one’s employer into health care decisions that should be made privately by a woman and her doctor.” 
 
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Paul Ryan - Granny Killer

Paul Ryan

In the new age of Trump politics, you can count on a lot of alternate truth. Much of it comes from the "Wisconsin Miracle" wrought by our governor and the likes of Paul Ryan. We are about to find out if we are going to take the somewhat flawed Obamacare and replace it with the totally nonfunctional Trumpcare. If this happens we by and large have Paul Ryan to blame. 

Where to start? The last time I saw the bill it appeared that the projections of taking 24 million people off of health insurance had prompted Ryan and his cohorts to declare "Only 24 million?  We can do better than that. Hold my beer." Attempts to placate the far-right wing of the GOP have resulted in plans to even more severely cut back on Medicaid. The supposed plan to help out seniors from the huge increases in health care costs they will somehow have to survive has amounted to throwing in an inadequate amount of funding, and throwing the whole mess over the wall for the Senate to figure out. 

In the long term of course the whole problem with this bill is that it is unsustainable. By throwing out mandatory insurance, the plan suffers from not forcing young and healthy adults to buy in to the system, therefore making the entire system unstable. Republicans have long warned about an impending "death spiral" from Obamacare. The replacement bill almost guarantees that the death spiral will happen. 

Paul Ryan objects to key CBO claim, but here’s why he’s still wrong

From Political Heat

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is having a tough time selling his healthcare proposal. 

That’s because the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scoring of the bill, officially titled the American Health Care Act, would leave 14 million additional individuals out of insurance coverage by 2018. That number increases to 24 million by 2026. 

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Republican Proposal to Limit Public Employee Access to Women’s Health Care

Lisa Subeck
MADISON – State Representative Lisa Subeck (D – Madison) released the following statement today regarding a proposal by Representative Andre Jacque (R- DePere) and Senator David Craig (R- Big Bend) that would prohibit the group insurance board from contracting for or providing abortion services, eliminating this existing women’s health care coverage for public employees.
 

Sabotage by Health Care Industry & Conservative Politicians True Cause of Rising Health Premiums

For Immediate Release--October 11, 2016

Contact(s): Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 [email protected]         

Kevin Kane (414) 550-8280 [email protected]

Web Link to News Release

Sabotage by Health Care Industry & Conservative Politicians True Cause of Rising Health Premiums

Blaming ObamaCare is a political gambit, not health policy

A robust public option and controlling prescription drug costs essential

Statewide: The 2017 health insurance premium rates released by the Walker Administration present an incomplete picture.

While the release of rates by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance is a step forward from last year, when Wisconsin was the only state not to release premium prices in advance, the agency’s press release is silent on the causes of health insurance inflation. This silence has muddled this critical public policy question and left the door open to misleading explanations that won’t help us make health care more affordable.

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