Deb's Plan for Health Care in Wisconsin

Prioritizing Public Health and Disease Prevention:

Our political leaders have failed us. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed massive shortcomings in our healthcare infrastructure. When we should be coming together for the public good, elected representatives are trying to score political points at the expense of public health. Much of the failure rests at the federal level, but there is much that the state can do better. For years public health departments have been understaffed and underfunded. This needs to change.

  • Create a healthcare system that emphasizes preventative care, regular primary care visits, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  • Ensure free access to COVID-19 testing whether a person is symptomatic or not

  • Redirect more healthcare funding to public health departments and their staff to ensure our communities get and stay healthy

High Quality Affordable Health Care:

My family is incredibly fortunate to have, and to be able to afford, health insurance through my husband’s job. For too many Wisconsin families this isn’t the case. Millions are losing their jobs -- and also their health insurance -- because of the pandemic. Now more than ever before, we must ensure every Wisconsin resident has access to affordable health insurance so that a visit to the doctor does not cause additional financial hardship. Wisconsin needs real reform from legislators who put people ahead of the drug or insurance companies’ profits.

  • Expand BadgerCare and accept federal Medicaid funding to stretch Wisconsin’s healthcare dollars and help more families access health insurance. Doing so will save our state $1.5 billion every two years and is supported by 70% of Wisconsin residents

  • Allow Wisconsinites to buy into BadgerCare so there is a “public option” to increase competition among all available plans

  • Strengthen the provisions that are part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) such as protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, free coverage of preventative care, mental health parity, and substance abuse coverage

  • Create more transparency in the costs of prescription drugs by banning gag orders on pharmacists and requiring drug companies to report price increases, profits and rebates

  • Increase protections for our most vulnerable citizens in nursing homes, especially during COVID-19. Jim Ott co-sponsored legislation (2011 Act 2) and Scott Walker signed into law measures that prevent families from using state incident reports and witness statements when documenting allegations of abuse at nursing homes, and cap the amount of damages that must be paid -- even if the nursing home operator is found responsible for serious injury or loss of life.