IN THE NEWS: Fort Wayne Democrats hammer Rep. Braun for gutting protections for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions

INDIANAPOLIS – IDP Chairman John Zody, State Representative candidate Kyle Miller, and Linda Mills, a Whitley County resident with a pre-existing condition, all called out Rep. Braun and Indiana Republicans in Fort Wayne Friday for repeatedly attempting to destroy pre-existing conditions protections for Hoosiers, WFFT-TV reported.

The stakes for the 1.1 million Hoosiers under 65 with pre-existing conditions could not be higher this election, with WFFT noting that “health care is on the November 6 ballot this year” in their press conference coverage. Their broadcast also highlighted Chairman Zody’s comments on Rep. Braun’s hypocritical claims that he supports protections for pre-existing conditions despite supporting at least three GOP proposals to strip them away.

From WFFT-TV [WATCH]: Indiana Democrats Call Out Mike Braun

Linda Mills, is a Whitley County resident who underwent mental health treatment after caring for four terminally ill family members. She said was denied health care coverage for having a pre-existing condition.

“From having to hold up a job and hold up those people was immense and I needed help and I sought mental health care to some of that support that I needed,” said Mills.

Friday afternoon at a press conference, Mills and members of the Indiana Democratic Party called out Rep. Braun and other Republicans for supporting a lawsuit that they say would “dismantle coverage protections for more than 1.1 million Hoosiers under 65 with a pre-existing condition.”

“I’m not here for sympathy. I’m here to make people understand that we needed to listen and here those stories and understand the criticality of being able to have health care coverage,” said Mills.

“Mike Braun who’s running for the United States Senate says he believes that pre-existing conditions should be protected but he’s not following that up with any indication of support for any plan that would keep those protections in place, ” says IDP Chairman John Zody.

Zody says the lawsuit would raise health care costs by more than $1,000 every year for the average person in Indiana.

“You can’t predict that you will someday have a condition and or be afflicted by something that will then deny you coverage. This is a quality of life issue. This is something that people understood when the affordable care act was passed. We have people that are actively trying to dismantle those protections.”

Health care is on the November 6 ballot this year.

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