Saturday, June 15, 2013

Walker Embraced ObamaCare: The Argument And Possible Fallout

Update: PolitiFact gives "mostly false" to the way Walker's spokeswoman parsed it:

Interesting piece by health and welfare policy expert David Riemer that puts a fresh cast on Walker's rejection acceptance of expanded federal funding for the state's Medicaid program - - here:

Fortunately, Walker and the Legislature's budget-writing committee made a more liberal decision. They chose to expand our Medicaid entitlement program, known as BadgerCare, all the way up to 100% of the poverty line.
After that, they concluded, non-poor but still low-income Wisconsinites could obtain large federal subsidies that help them buy health insurance through the other major feature of Obamacare, the new health insurance exchange.
So we owe a debt of gratitude to Walker and his allies on the Joint Finance Committee for rejecting the conservative path, embracing Obamacare, expanding Medicaid up to 100% of the poverty line and helping non-poor adults to claim a subsidy to buy insurance via the new exchange.
There's just one problem. The way that the governor and legislators are going about it will cost Wisconsin's taxpayers and employers a bundle.
 And then comes this interpretation of the piece that reaches this political conclusion:
Sure, it’s an opinion piece by a Milwaukee policy wonk, but the case could be lifted to undercut Walker’s conservative credo.

1 comment:

Gareth said...

Even wing-nut Arizona Governor "Crazy" Jan Brewer --the one who made a big show of sticking her finger in the President's face-- pushed through the Medicaid expansion, because it makes fiscal sense. Walker's ideological purity has it's costs and Wisconsin tax-payers will pick up the tab.,0,2890183.story