LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With less than three weeks until election night, both nominees for president continue to hit the campaign trail with in-person and virtual events.
Governor Evers showed his support for Joe Biden with a virtual campaign event for La Crosse voters this morning. First News at Nine’s Hayley Spitler explains why democrats believe healthcare is at stake this election year.
Gov. Evers said, “I trust joe and I trust Kamala.”
Governor Evers hosted a virtual campaign stop for Presidential Nominee Joe Biden Thursday morning. The event focused on healthcare, which some people say is on the ballot this election year.
Anne Louis Tetreault, Wisconsin RN said, “As a nurse, I can tell you that losing your health insurance during a pandemic is not only mean and cruel, but it’s a heartless act.”
During his time in office, President Trump has tried to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Something Sara Thielen, an Eau Claire nurse and professor says the system would become more complex and difficult without.
Thielen said, “Independent caregivers in rural Wisconsin rely on the ACA marketplace plans so they can provide care. Childcare providers in rural Wisconsin rely on the ACA marketplace so they can watch our kids.”
Governor Evers also spoke on pre-existing conditions, what some worry a more conservative Supreme Court may aim to not protect.
“As someone with a preexisting condition, this is personal, and it’s personal for Joe,” said Evers.
While Governor Evers says those with preexisting conditions could be at risk under trump’s presidency, the la crosse gop says the opposite.
Bill Feehan, La Crosse County Republican Party Chairman said, “Wisconsin democrats are lying about preexisting conditions. Preexisting conditions were covered in Wisconsin before the Affordable Healthcare Bill, and Dan Kapanke was the lead sponsor of that bill. Democrats come up with these things to scare voters before every election.”
COVID-19 was also at the center of attention Thursday with democrats pointing fingers at Trump’s lack of action and preparation with PPE. Something nurse Anne Tetreault witnessed herself.
Tetreault said, “I know a nurse in a major hospital in the emergency room who has been made to wear one n95 mask for an entire month, and this is supposed to be a single-event mask.”
“Trump has failed to do his job. And the last few weeks, we have found out that he didn’t do his job on purpose,” said Evers.
Chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party says while opinions vary amongst medical experts everyone is doing their best to fight the virus.
Feehan said, “I think people are tired of the political blame game with COVID-19, it’s a terrible disease.”
One thing both parties encourage, voting on, or before November 3.
In La Crosse county, Hayley Spitler, First News at Nine.