By Andy Gronik
My wife Mary and I have been married for 27 years and we have two young kids. We really struggled having children. Mary was on bedrest for 10 weeks before Spencer was born and we feared Maria’s adoption from Guatemala might never happen. They are both our miracles.
Along this journey we were fortunate to have great health insurance; the very same benefits I made sure that all of my employees had access to. This was always a priority for me.
In recent years, I risked losing my health care coverage because of my Crohn’s disease, a pre-existing condition I’ve had since my early 20’s. I have first-hand appreciation for the fear Wisconsin families experience when facing the loss of their healthcare coverage.
And now, with complete disregard for the 9 million kids who have received checkups and emergency care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the past 20 years, Congress allowed the funding for this essential program to expire. To Expire! Who are these people? What if these were their kids?!
Wisconsin is expected to run out of funding within six months but Governor Walker still hasn’t said anything about saving this crucial program for the 171,000 Wisconsin kids who rely on CHIP for health insurance. Who is this guy?!
Making sure children have healthcare isn’t a political game.
I know what it’s like to worry about affordable healthcare coverage for my family. Unlike Scott Walker, I’ll fight as your governor to make certain that Wisconsin families never fear the loss of affordable health insurance. Never.
Let’s get it started!