Thursday, December 29, 2011

Walker Caught Taking Credit For Senior Health Plan Boost Ordered By The Feds

The duplicity of the Walker administration has no limitation - - as it is proving.

Earlier this week, with much fanfare, Gov. Walker touted a plan to expand health care coverage for seniors in Wisconsin.

Since he'd earlier capped the plan, and with the recall election looming, it looked like the kinder, gentler, holiday-season Walker was doing a good thing.

The worst you could say, as I did, that he was panning for votes.

But it's worse than that.

What he and his people left out of their publicity - - and we have the Journal Sentinel to thank for disclosing it - - was that the feds ordered Walker to withdraw the cap.  Thus the 'expansion.'

Walker touted the $80 million plan with advocates for the elderly and disabled at a Capitol news conference, but he made no mention of a recent order from the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, or CMS, directing his administration to lift the cap in the Family Care program.

State officials released the Dec. 13 letter from the federal government - which pays about 60% of the program's cost - hours later at the request of the Journal Sentinel.
Serious stuff, people. This administration simply cannot be trusted.

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