The Leader of the Party of Healthcare Has NO Idea

President Donald Trump has taken every side possible on healthcare that a Republican can hold…all in like a week! First he urged the courts to negate the entire Affordable Care Act…pissing off the Democrats and blindsiding the Republicans in Congress…and totally opposite to many of the things he’s been saying himself.

Then declaring the GOP as the Party of Healthcare and promising an ACA repeal and replace before meeting the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who wised him up that it would be toxic to take on healthcare before the 2020 election…this time it stuck and the president backed off.

The whole repeal and replace notion is ridiculous to start with. Nothing but havoc would result…but in the normal legislative world…new legislation for any program…essentially replacement legislation…repeals its predecessor. So that whole name game was stupid.

But before this whole timeline had gotten past its sell by date…the president fired off a series of tweets that once again indicate he has no idea how the Affordable Care Act works…or how Medicare for All might work…or possibly how any medical insurance works.

Yes…the president as always is filled with hyperbole. Obamacare works…not as well as we’d like…and many people do think Medicare for All is the answer…but I doubt anyone out there holds their employer supplied or personally purchased insurance in beloved status. Hardly. But then he rambles on into unknown waters:

Well as we’ve seen across the media universe, no the Republicans aren’t working on a plan…weren’t working on a plan…had no intentions of working on a plan. And how are they going to guarantee lower premiums and deductibles if they are going to rely on private insurers to provide the coverage like Obamacare does? If you are going to control the premiums and the deductibles I suspect your plan may look a bit more like…Medicare for All! And MORE usable? What does that even mean??

I don’t know about winning back the House…the reason you lost the House was your lack of vision on Healthcare. That’s what Senator McConnell was trying to tell you last Monday.

Well…he repeats himself…but wanting to end the ACA hardly sounds like support for covering pre-existing conditions…well maybe I am wrong…maybe he’s just talking about HealtCare…and I have no idea what that is.

Side Question On Those 82 Lame Duck Appointments?

As the courts start to unravel the lame duck laws and appointments, I gotta wonder exactly what the GOP was thinking?

Gov. Tony Evers withdrew 82 appointments by his predecessor Friday as Republican lawmakers raced to an appeals court to try to reinstate lame-duck laws meant to curb the power of the Democratic governor.  

Why were there even 82 open appointments left to be filled last December? Who wasn’t doing their jobs all that past year?

Robin Vos Doesn’t Understand How Bipartisan Works!

This is going to be a bit of a rant this evening! LOL! But here’s the rough timeline and then a comment or two:

Wisconsin Republicans ruled the roost in Madison for eight years…with Governor Scott Walker and the majorities in both chambers of the legislature…and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos held his post for the last six of those years.

Democratic candidate for governor, the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers runs with a plank outlining a middle class tax cut.

Tony Evers is elected Governor of Wisconsin, defeating Republican incumbent Scott Walker.

GOP leadership holds lame duck sessions and put new limits on the powers of the governor.

GOP leadership announces they will ignore the new governor’s prospective budget and will use the previous Republican budget as their template.

The governor announces that the middle class tax cut will be part of his new biennial budget for 2019 – 2021.

The GOP legislature rushes through a middle class tax cut using a revenue surplus from their last budget. This is a stand alone proposal not part of the budgetary process as it probably should be.

This tax cut does not incorporate any of the items that the governor ran on nor is it self sustaining in future budgets since it relies on a one time surplus.

The governor vetoes the GOP’s middle class tax cut because ^^^^^!

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos complains that Governor Tony Evers isn’t being bipartisan by vetoing their tax bill.

First rule of bipartisanship….having a bill named essentially the same thing…isn’t being bipartisan. Ya know? Plus you knew your bill would be vetoed when you passed it. It wasn’t going to accomplish the things the governor aims to do. It wasn’t sustainable. It was outside the budget process. It was rushed. It was another attempt to co-opt the governor’s platform. You do know that he is moving you left? I wrote about that!

It’s got to be a lot easier to put together bipartisan efforts in Madison compared to Washington. The governor is just across the rotunda from the speaker’s office. And everyone has a pretty good idea right now on what the other party is thinking…after all…we just finished an election cycle and all of the ideas were put out there. Now the governor supports a middle class tax cut…one that is sustainable in the next and future budgets. And whether your motivation in proposing your middle tax cut was to co-opt the governor’s platform or to steal his thunder using the same title doesn’t matter to me at this point. Just walk across the rotunda and meet with the governor and discuss your common concerns on this bill. And put something together for the next budget round that both parties can support.

Try it, you might like it. And then continue the process. Just pick out the issues that there is some common ground and find the things you agree on and both sides try to adjust their thoughts on the issues you don’t.

You can’t unilaterally do something…without any conversation with the other party…no matter what you want to call it…and then complain about the lack of bipartisan co-operation under the dome. This isn’t that hard. Madison isn’t the morass that Washington is…unless you let it devolve into that.

We are about to start the third month of the new legislature…let’s get things done for Wisconsin…start with the points we have in common…and for now…let the our divisive differences lie…after getting the hang of bipartisanship in real life…and learning how to co-operate…we can return to the things the ‘seem’ to be keeping us apart.

Vos and Fitzgerald Need To Get On Board With The Medicaid Expansion

New Marquette poll indicates that much of Wisconsin supports the ideas that Governor Tony Evers espoused during his campaign…probably explains why he won!

One of the items is the Medicaid expansion. Sixty two percent of Wisconsinites think that the state should accept the Medicaid expansion that is available through the Affordable Care Act. And just twenty five percent agree with the GOP position that Wisconsin shouldn’t provide the additional health care coverage.

So it would appear that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are on the wrong side of the aisle in their thinking on the expansion…time to get on board gentlemen…Wisconsin wants additional health care coverage!

Tony Evers Reverses Course On ACA Lawsuit

In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Tony Evers stated that he was keeping one of his campaign promises and was instructing Attorney General Josh Kaul to remove Wisconsin from the federal lawsuit to declare the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. The Republican leadership who control the majorities in both houses stated that the governor no longer had authority to do that as a result of the legislation that was passed during their lame duck sessions last December.

Today Governor Evers walked back his statement and said he was simply withdrawn his authority to participate in the suit. Apparently this nuance is acceptable but won’t affect the state’s standing in the lawsuit.

So…with the status quo in full effect…and a new blow to potential bipartisan co-operation having landed in Madison…where do we go next?

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers Wednesday walked back a vow he made to withdraw the state from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit less than 24 hours after making the commitment in his first State of the State address.

“The governor has not directed the attorney general to take any specific course of action, he has simply withdrawn his authority for this lawsuit,” Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said in a statement.

Evers’ reversal comes after the release Wednesday of a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau that splashed cold water on the governor’s plans to withdraw Wisconsin from an ongoing multi-state lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ACA.

The memo, sent to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, states there is no legal way for the new governor to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw the state from the suit. 

“There is thus no provision … allowing the governor to request, require or approve the attorney general to compromise or discontinue an action,” LRB attorney Sarah Walkenhorst wrote. “It is only the Joint Committee on Finance that has the authority to approve any compromise or discontinuance of an action in which the attorney general’s participation was requested.” 

Lay on, Macduff