FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-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."
We reached out to Rep. Braun and received a statement from Mike Braun spokesman Josh Kelley:
"While Hoosiers' premiums skyrocketed and insurers fled Indiana from Joe Donnelly's Obamacare, Mike Braun was covering pre-existing conditions for his employees and holding premiums steady for 9 years, and as Washington's least effective Senator waffles on Judge Kavanaugh, folks deserve to know if Donnelly believes his nomination threatens pre-existing condition coverage or not."
Health care is on the November 6 ballot this year.
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