The Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would force health insurers to cover pre-existing conditions if Republicans succeed in dismantling the Affordable Care Act, heading off potential criticism of GOP legislators on the 2020 campaign trail.

Democrats blasted the bill as a publicity stunt, saying it doesn’t go nearly far enough. New Democratic Gov. Tony Evers pushed Republicans for a host of changes, including prohibiting annual and lifetime coverage limits and providing coverage for services for mothers and newborns, as well as prescription drugs. 

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other Republican leaders chose to amend the measure Tuesday to eliminate annual and lifetime limits. The measure ultimately passed 76-19, with 16 of the chamber’s 35 Democrats voting for it after their side spent nearly four hours railing against the bill.

Rep. Gae Magnafici testified on the bill and it was a campaign priority for her.

The Sun contributed reporting to this article.

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