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Rep. Glenn Grothman Amendment Ends Health Care for Young People

Career Politician Has Enjoyed Taxpayer-Funded Health Care for a Generation

MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, who has enjoyed full taxpayer-paid health care since he was first elected to office in 1993, is seeking to kick young people off of their parents’ health care plans after they turn 23, according to an amendment authored by Grothman in the House Budget Committee.

“We’ve been paying Glenn Grothman’s health care bills for 24 years and he wants to kick 24-year-olds from their health care,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Paul Ryan’s health care scheme would already kill health care for 24 million Americans, but that’s not good enough for Glenn Grothman.”

Glenn Grothman’s amendment would end the provision championed by Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin that allowed young people to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they are 26. The Grothman amendment would move the age all the way down to 23.

Paul Ryan’s scheme passed the Republican-controlled Budget Committee last week by a razor-thin 19-17 vote with Grothman providing the decisive vote in favor of moving the plan out of committee.

“Glenn Grothman has been an ineffective backbencher in Wisconsin politics for decades,” said Ross. “But with Paul Ryan desperately scrambling for votes after the disastrous RyanCare rollout, unconscionable attacks on people’s health care, like the one offered by Rep. Grothman, are bargaining chips to get Republican support.”

Rep. Grothman’s amendment is available here.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

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