Tammy Baldwin has suddenly found her voice, which brings me to her story, the one she should have told long ago:
jsonline: Baldwin defends support of health act. In contrast to the three Republican candidates for Senate, all of whom are in favor of repealing the law, Baldwin defended her vote in support. Baldwin told a small crowd at the Milwaukee Press Club’s “Newsmaker” luncheon.
Baldwin was raised by her grandparents in Madison and had osteomyelitis, a bone infection, at the age of 9. The illness kept her in the hospital for three months.
Her grandparents discovered that no insurance plan covered grandchildren, requiring them to use their savings to pay for her care. The added hit was that she had a pre-existing health condition going forward.
“They couldn’t find health insurance for me at any price,” she said.
Baldwin said she grew up believing that every American deserved the right to have affordable, comprehensive health care coverage. “That’s where my passion for this fight comes from,” said Baldwin, who is fully recovered from her illness.
The three Republican candidates — Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald — have pledged to work to repeal the law.