I believe middle class families should have the peace of mind knowing they will have access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of any pre-existing condition. I believe Wisconsin small business owners should receive assistance to provide health coverage to their employees, allowing them to be more competitive in the global marketplace. I believe seniors should continue to have access to free preventive care, as well as affordable access to prescription drugs under Medicare. And I believe that it is the right thing to do to allow over 6 million young people who now have health care -- an amendment to the bill I was proud to author -- to stay on their parents' health care coverage.
Unlike all the Republican candidates for US Senate who want to rip up the decision of an independent court, our nation's highest court, and repeal health care reform entirely and start over, I believe that is wrong. I don't believe it makes sense to start over because that means allowing insurance companies to deny coverage to Wisconsin children with pre-existing conditions, stripping young people off their parents' health insurance plans, and increasing prescription drug costs for Wisconsin seniors, including 33,000 women in our state.
The last thing middle class, Wisconsin families want is more political fights in Washington, when they need someone fighting for them. Now is the time to protect the gains we have made for the people of Wisconsin and move forward.