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Wisconsin doesn’t need law protecting those with pre-existing medical conditions

Scott Robert Shaw

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Sometimes, politicians make things more difficult than they need to be. For example, Governor Scott Walker has ordered his Attorney General to sue the federal government over the Affordable Care Act. Walker has a history of trying to undermine the federal health care law. He promised to repeal the law “on day one” if he was elected President. He supported a bill in Congress that would have undone protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions. Now he says he wants to call state lawmakers back into a special session of the legslature so they can pass a bill that would provide protections to those with pre-existing conditions. This is in case the lawsuit Wisconsin filed ends up doing away with the Affordable Care Act. But the Affordable Care Act already covers those with pre-existing conditions, one of the public’s favorite parts of the nation’s health care law. We don’t need to call a special session of the legislature, or pass a law providing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. That protection already exists under the Affordable Care Act, the very law Walker wants to repeal. If Walker is sincere about wanting to protect the 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, he could simply drop the lawsuit, and call off the special session.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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