Sept. 14 News Alert, Wisconsin Health News
Gov. Scott Walker would call a special legislative session if necessary to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions have access to health coverage, a spokesman for his re-election campaign said Friday.
“Everyone with pre-existing conditions in Wisconsin is already covered,” spokesman Brian Reisinger said in a statement. “If something were to change, Scott Walker would call a special session in a heartbeat and get it passed.”
The announcement follows a back-and-forth between Walker's campaign and that of his challenger Superintendent Tony Evers and other Democrats over the governor’s position on insurance protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
“Walker has no credibility on the issue, and Wisconsinites have no reason to trust him and these hollow election-year promises,” Sam Lau, Tony for Wisconsin spokesperson, said in a statement.
Democrats have raised concerns about a lawsuit filed by Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel and other conservative attorneys general that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act.
The Trump administration has declined to defend the law, but said the court should only strike down some provisions, like those guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Attorneys general from other states like Minnesota and Illinois are defending the law.