In Wisconsin, Walker Wants To Uninsure The Bottom 1%, Ensuring Their Poverty And Raising Their Risks
The Leader of compassionate conservatives, while touting Eagle Scout values and strong Christian faith (all Walker's words, mind you) propose dumping 65,000 poor state residents - - half of them children - - off their Medicaid-health insurance.
Presumably into emergency rooms and onto the hospitals' books, where other patients and employers will absorb the costs through higher charges.
This comes after giving tax breaks in the budget of our "broke" state to 'job-creators.'
What has become of our state?
I cannot think of a more craven budgetary [sic] or political strategy - - the calculation that this group will not be able to muster an effective response, as half are children and the adults will be too busy trying to save their lives to save their insurance.
In a down economy.
I see that leading apologist Robin Vos wishes there were an alternative and imagines there were. Governance by fantasy. There he sits, counting on magic beans:
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, said that he believed many of the people who leave the program will go to private insurance instead, though he had no estimate of that number.
"All of us wish we could more but the money just isn't there," Vos said.There is: raising revenues, which he and his party, on Walker's behalf, have dismissed.
Except when they raised taxes on the working poor by eliminating or limiting access to the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, (EITC), continuing to deny that it raised some taxes for some people, and earning a "Broken Promise" from PolitiFact for it.