In the previous article I outlined that a number of states are considering applying for the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. And despite that fact…and the fact that even Republican governors who are deep ideologues as Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker have taken the expansion, Gov. Walker still refuses to budge on the matter.
Well maybe it’s time to make a grass roots ruckus here in Wisconsin similar to the ones that helped convince the GOP to back down in Washington. Demand the Governor Walker accept the Medicaid expansion. Remind him that it will help with balancing his budget. It will help him get re-elected (hopefully not but it’s an incentive). It will further improve the health care for another portion of his constituents.
With the GOP’s repeal of Obamacare stymied in Congress, Gov. Scott Walker is still rejecting the federal law and instead asking the Trump administration to let Wisconsin drug test applicants for state coverage.
Even though federal money remains available for providing health care to more Wisconsin residents, the GOP governor says he’s not reconsidering his decision to skip that and forgo hundreds of millions of dollars from federal taxpayers.
And if he won’t move off the schneid…demand that the legislature take the leap of faith and pass a bill to do it. Other states are doing that…there is no reason that Wisconsin can’t step up and do the right thing too!! And Madison just might be ready to do so:
But Democrats have taken a different lesson from the failure of the Obamacare repeal — they think Wisconsin should also follow Indiana’s lead in using federal money to expand Medicaid. State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) told lawmakers on the budget committee Monday that Wisconsin has already missed out on the chance to save $690 million since 2014 and cover more people on BadgerCare.
“We have left hundreds of millions of dollars on the table,” he said.
Millions of dollars…and healthier outcomes for Wisconsin residents…go figure.