Advertisement

Former NW Wis. Teacher to Attend State of the Union

Updated: February 04, 2019 06:00 PM

RELATED: Who's Invited to State of the Union

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

A former northwestern Wisconsin teacher will attend President Donald Trump's State of the Union address as Sen. Tammy Baldwin's guest.

The Wisconsin Democrat invited Diane Whitcraft of Webster to Tuesday's speech to highlight Whitcraft's difficulty paying for prescription medication to treat her multiple sclerosis.  In 2017, Whitcraft decided to stop taking the medication after 23 years because she could no longer afford it.

"Drug companies received huge corporate tax breaks from President Trump but they continue to stick Americans with skyrocketing prescription drug prices," Baldwin said in a news release. "I've heard from countless Wisconsinites like Diane who can't afford the medicine they have relied on for years. They want Washington to act and it is past time for President Trump to keep his promise to work with Congress on real legislative solutions. We need to help Wisconsin families get the medication they need, at a price they can afford."

Baldwin is co-sponsoring a bill by Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.  Minnesota's Tina Smith and Michigan's Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow are also among 33 Democrats co-sponsoring the legislation.

Klobuchar's choice of guest for the State of the Union also highlights the prescription drug issue.  Twin Cities resident Nicole Smith-Holt's son died from diabetic ketoacidosis because he struggled to afford his insulin prescription.

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Advertisement
Advertisement
Relay Media Amp

Gun Rights Advocates Gather at Capitol to Protest 2 Measures

Michigan Republicans Elect Former Lawmaker Cox State Chair

Michigan Schools, Health System Training Doctors on Opioids

Minnesota Officials Call for 200K Electric Vehicles by 2030

Deconstruction of Former Carter Hotel Scheduled to Begin Monday

Corrections Workers Accused of Smuggling Goods to Inmates

Advertisement