Editor:

It is time to set the record straight.

Senator Baldwin works for us, we the people, in Wisconsin!

Jason’s Law—Bipartisan VA Opiod Prescribing Reform

You should know the story of U.S. Marine veteran, Jason Simcakoski.  Like too many of our veterans, Jason Simcakoski, went to the VA to get help, but instead got hooked on prescription drugs. Tragically, Jason Simcakoski died in 2014 from mixed drug toxicity while receiving care at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Simcakoski family decided to turn their tragedy into hope for other military families. Working closely with Senator Baldwin, they crafted bipartisan legislation named in honor of Jason to reform the VA and stop the over prescribing of opiods at the VA.

Senator Baldwin and the Simcakoski family worked together to get the job done, building support for the legislation from Republicans and Democrats, veterans service organizations, and medical professionals across the country.

The Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opiod Safety Act has strengthened opiod prescribing guidelines and implemented new oversight and accountability rules at the VA. It is also helping to provide safer and more effective pain management services for veterans across the country.

Marvin Simcakoski, in written testimony, stated the new legislation addresses concerns raised by an Inspector General’s report. “We need to stay vigilante and I am going to work my hardest to see that this legislation also gets across the finish line,” Marvin Simcakoski said in his testimony.

The Jason Simcakoski Memorial Opiod Safety Act was signed by President Obama July 22, 2016. The legislation includes Senator Baldwin’s bi-partisan bill written with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) to make naloxone rescue kits more affordable and accessible to our nation’s veterans by eliminating veterans’ copayments for naloxone.

In February of this year, Senator Baldwin was named “Outstanding Legislature of the Year” by the Disabled American Veterans.

“’The recipients of this year’s advocacy awards have demonstrated what it means to keep the promise to the men and women who served,’ said DAV National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster.”

Senator Baldwin has seven regional offices: Eau Claire, Madison, Ashland, Green Bay, Milwaukee, LaCrosse, and Wausau with another office in Washington, DC. Senator Baldwin and her staff are working for the people of Wisconsin, please reach out to them with your concerns.

Joyce Luedke, Rothschild

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10 replies on “Letters: Setting the record straight on Tammy Baldwin”

  1. The question is how long she failed to act once she was made aware of the conditions surrounding prescription medications at Tohma, WI before she took action. That is the question that needs to be answered.

  2. Stan, who are you… don’t want a date… just wound who the local trolls are buddy.

  3. FYI: http://www.wsaw.com/content/news/Simcakowskis-Sen-Baldwin-tour-Tomah-VA-say-progress-being-made-437415983.html
    Simcakoski family, Sen. Baldwin tour Tomah VA, say progress being made…
    “Last year, the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act, otherwise known as Jason’s Law, took effect. It ensures veterans at VAs nationwide get the treatment they need. After its first year in effect, the Simcakoskis say they’re seeing progress.

    “A big change from when we first started going there,” Linda Simcakoski said.

    “The VA had a serious problem with veterans who were seeking help and getting hooked instead. We’re seeing how that’s turning around,” Sen. Baldwin added.”
    FTI: A superficial AG report said the matter had been covered… turnout it wasn’t and Tammy stepped in.

  4. Answer the question John. She may have taken action at some point. But how long was she aware of the problem before she took action. You liberals seem to want to tap dance around situation.

    1. I don’t really know… how long did Ron Johnson know before he took actions and why did he reprimand his aid for not forwarding the information!
      But the situation has been addressed and positive actions taken!

      1. Just noticed the use of “you” “liberals” “tap dance around”
        Classic attack using you and thinking being a liberal equates to all liberals, that is laughable because being liberal is a good thing as is being a progressive…
        tap dancing??? not hardly pilgrim… swing, ball room, and square dancing are my favorites…
        seems that according to you the “conservatives” tend to step in it!!!

  5. Stan … because I’m sure that you are all about caring about the community, etc, I know you would inform your community of the answer to your question. You’ve had almost a week now to look it up though it seems your language back on April 2 indicates you have known all along.

    And as far as a date … I do know some amazing gay men who might enjoy a date with you. Are you sure you are “not into that”? I mean, you brought it up in a public space. Might be time to set your self free Stan, or whoever you are.

    Sorry to disappoint but my challenge to you continues to be only this … stop hiding from your community.
    Start being taken seriously.

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