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Watch Scott Walker tie his tongue in knots. Priceless.

Republican refusal to expand BadgerCare costs Wisconsin taxpayers $206 million

Remind me again how Republicans in Wisconsin are so “fiscally responsible.”

Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years — 73% more than previously estimated — if officials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new nonpartisan report shows.

If officials decide [...]

Wisconsin’s Medicaid fund faces $93 million shortfall

But remember folks – Gov. Scott Walker is “fiscally responsible.” (emphasis added). Wisconsin’s Medicaid fund faces a shortfall of $93 million in state tax dollars through the end of the biennium, according to a report sent to members of the Joint Finance Committee.

The shortfall is up from an estimated $20.3 million in March, when [...]

Outstanding Ignoramus of the Month.

This month’s award recognizing an outstanding achievement in rank ignorance is given to state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton).

Loudenbeck, in response to a bill put forth by state Rep Melissa Sargent which would allow individual counties access to federal Affordable Care Act money to expand Medicaid for their respective residents, said she needs to [...]

Strengthen our Safety Net to Strengthen our Economy

Congress has missed their first deadline in the budget negotiations that were constructed after the government shutdown. Paul Ryan and Pat Murray are co-chairing the committee, and Ryan is peddling his usual cuts to entitlement programs. Republicans persistently talk about cutting entitlement benefits under the guise of cutting the deficit and encouraging people to pull [...]

A Side Bar On Why Governor Walker Turned Down The Medicaid Money

This is going to be shooting from the hip without double checking the facts…so if I got my timeline wrong let me know:

Before the 2012 Presidential election, Governor Walker delayed making a decision on setting up a Wisconsin Health Exchange or deferring to the federal government. Certainly he expected Mitt Romney to carry the [...]

Scott Walker’s biennial budget includes “death tax” targeting Medicaid recipients (UPDATED)

Among the little-known provisions of the biennial state budget proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and rubber-stamped by Republicans in the Legislature is a provision buried in the budget that would drastically expand the state’s ability to claim dead couples’ joint property – even if the assets are protected in trusts. The language is designed [...]

A terrific moment of irony

So sayeth conservative blogger James Wigderson in his Waukesha Freeman column of last week hilariously titled, ” Free federal money not affordable, Walker health plan right choice. Wigderson argues that Walker’s refusal to accept federal dollars to expand Badgercare is good policy because federal dollars aren’t really free. He then endorses Walker’s plan to shift [...]

Republican State Sen. Jerry Petrowski: “We should pursue the full expansion of Medicaid” in Wisconsin

On June 1 I noted Republican State Sen. Terry Moulton went public with his support for a Medicaid/BadgerCare expansion here in Wisconsin, and it appears Sen. Moulton isn’t the only Republican State Senator who publicly disagrees with Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to refuse an expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare that would be financed almost completely [...]

(UPDATED) Republican State Sen. Terry Moulton supports Medicaid/BadgerCare expansion (VIDEO)

On Monday, May 20, Republican State Senator Terry Moulton held a listening session in Elk Mound. During said listening session, Sen. Moulton was asked if he would support an expansion of Medicaid/Badgercare, and to everyone’s surprise he stated unequivocally that he supported it. Sen. Moulton was then asked if he’d be willing to make a [...]

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