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Vukmir’s health care stance is extreme -- Col. Charlotte Jerney

October 25, 2017 GMT

In her Sept. 28 State Journal guest column, ” Baldwin’s position is extreme,” Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and current state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, chastised U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, for her “extreme” views in support of “Medicare for All.”

Vukmir juxtaposed this with her support of Republican plans that will kick millions off of health care under Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, impose an unfair age tax, and cause skyrocketing premiums.

Baldwin’s own history of a childhood illness that placed her grandparents in financial peril provides her with insight into the threat that not being covered can have to one’s economic security and on “personal liberty,” which was referenced in Sen. Vukmir’s column.

Baldwin is not shy in speaking out for equitable health care payment measures for all Wisconsinites and encourages debate on whether health care is a right for all or a privilege for the few depending on social and economic class.

As a retired Nurse Corps Army officer and practicing nurse, I opt for the empathetic position of health care for all. I oppose corrosive laws that would diminish health and welfare to the less privileged.

Collectively, healthy individuals will contribute to a vibrant, productive and secure society where each citizen has a chance to reach his or her fullest potential.

Col. Charlotte Jerney, Verona, United States Army, retired