Former Burnett County teacher to attend State of the Union Address as Sen. Baldwin’s guest

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A retired teacher from Webster, Wisconsin will be attending Tuesday’s State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C.

Diane Whitcraft, who has Multiple Sclerosis, will be attending President Trump’s speech as the guest of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Senator Baldwin says she has heard from multiple Wisconsin residents who can’t afford the medicine they have used for years, including Whitcraft.

Baldwin’s office says Whitcraft has used the same medicine for the disease for more than 23 years, and the price for her prescription therapy has jumped multiple times.

In addition, Baldwin’s office states the out of pocket costs threatened to drain Whitcraft’s savings, and in 2017, Whitcraft decided to stop taking her medication because she couldn’t afford it.

Whitcraft issued the following statement ahead of the speech:

“I’m grateful to Senator Baldwin for inviting me to attend the State of the Union address and for her tireless work to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for rising drug prices. No one should have to choose between taking the medication they need and draining their savings, but unfortunately after costs kept going up, my husband and I were faced with that very choice. During his address on Tuesday, I hope President Trump will outline a clear plan to help lower prescription drug costs for Wisconsin families like mine.”

The State of the Union will begin at 8 p.m. on KBJR 6

We will also provide a stream of the event on our website.

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Krystal Frasier

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