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Leah Vukmir's Opposition To Mental Health Care Coverage Expansions PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 14:41

leah-vukmir"As a nurse, I find it shameful that Leah Vukmir would oppose efforts to help patients struggling with mental health issues with their illness, with their addictions" --Nurse and former state Rep. Sandy Pasch


MADISON - Tuesday, Wisconsin mental health care advocates held a media call to highlight a new Democratic Party of Wisconsin report on Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir's record of blocking and voting against expanded coverage for mental health care and substance abuse treatments.

During the call, nurse and former state Rep. Sandy Pasch and mental health care advocate Mike Bacchuber, of Madison, zeroed in on Leah Vukmir's long track record of unapologetically siding with powerful insurance companies over Wisconsinites in need of health care coverage. During her U.S. Senate run, Vukmir has defended past votes against coverage for oral chemotherapy as well as kids' hearing aids and cochlear implants, and Vukmir has made gutting the Affordable Care Act's protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions a centerpiece of her candidacy.

Key quotes:

  • "As a nurse, I find it shameful that Leah Vukmir would oppose efforts to help patients struggling with mental health issues with their illness, with their addictions -- especially given that she's a nurse herself, and she likes to pull that card out, that she's a nurse and she understands health care. But she doesn't follow research, she doesn't follow information-based decision-making, and she did oppose these efforts to help patients struggling with addictions, because she didn't want to require her powerful allies in the insurance industry to cover expanded treatments for Wisconsinites in need." —Nurse and former state Rep. Sandy Pasch
  • "Leah Vukmir's record of blocking and voting against expanded coverage for Wisconsinites in need of mental health care and substance abuse treatments just isn't looking out for our state. It's putting powerful corporate interests over everyday Wisconsinites. And frankly, it plays into the deeply toxic idea that mental illness or addiction are less important than other conditions. That is just plain wrong." —Wisconsin mental health advocate Mike Bacchuber


Listen to the full call audio here.

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Evers & Barnes to Drive Walker's 24-Mile Flight From Appleton to Green Bay PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Tony Evers Press, Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 02 October 2018 09:56

tony_eversWalker used state plane at taxpayer's expense.


APPLETON to GREEN BAY - Today at approximately 10:30 AM, Democratic nominee for governor Tony Evers and lieutenant governor nominee Mandela Barnes will live stream their drive from Appleton to Green Bay, recreating the infamous 24-mile flight that Scott Walker took on our state plane. Then in Green Bay, they will hold a press conference on the "Government for Us" agenda announced by Evers yesterday. Evers and Barnes will be joined at the press conference by State Sen. Dave Hansen and State Rep. Eric Genrich.

walker-rejects-med-moneyWalker's excessive use of the state plane has been well documented:

  • Since dropping out of the presidential race in 2015, he spent $934,000 on more than 950 taxpayer funded flights.
  • 29 of those flights were less than 40 miles long.
  • Over the last year, he took 65% more flights than any governor in the top 10 most populous states.
  • He had a plane pick him up in Milwaukee after a haircut and fly him to an NRA convention.

But perhaps no other flight sums up Walker's personal excesses than his journey on the state plane from Appleton to Green Bay--a distance of just 24 miles. That was a "busy day" for Walker, as he took four flights, each covering less than 75 miles, costing a total of $1,667.51.

The Government for Us agenda will put state government back to work for the people of Wisconsin. As Governor, Tony will ensure that the state government is a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, upholds Wisconsin’s long tradition of transparency and accountability, and most importantly, works for the people of Wisconsin.

Oct. 2, 2018

10:30 AM  – Live Stream of drive from Appleton to Green Bay.

Watch

Approximately 11:10 AM – Evers, Barnes, Hansen, Genrich hold press conference on "Government for Us" agenda

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118 S Chestnut Ave, Green Bay, WI 54303

Last Updated on Friday, 05 October 2018 10:08
 
Tony Evers Announces “Government for Us” Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Elections, Elected Officials, Political Parties
Written by Tony Evers Press   
Monday, 01 October 2018 15:52

tony-eversMADISON - On Monday, Democratic nominee for Governor Tony Evers released his Government for Us agenda to put state government back to work FOR the people of Wisconsin. As Governor, Tony will ensure that the state government is a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars, upholds Wisconsin’s long tradition of transparency and accountability, and most importantly, works for the people of Wisconsin.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2018 16:00
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