Which Candidate for WI Governor Has a Plan That Relies More Heavily on ObamaCare?

By: Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:15 pm

A Scott Walker campaign ad that criticizes Mary Burke for her stance relating to the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or “Obamacare”) is based on a false premise. It incorrectly equates supporting the expansion of BadgerCare with supporting an expansion of “Obamacare.”

Although I don’t think one can say that either candidate for Wisconsin governor supports “expanding Obamacare,” I believe a strong case can be made that the current Governor’s plan relies more heavily on a key part of the Affordable Care Act. For reasons I’ll explain below, his changes to BadgerCare do more than Burke’s alternative to expand the reach of the core part of the ACA – the new federal Marketplace for health insurance and the substantial federal funding to subsidize Marketplace insurance plans.

 

Should Counties Put a BadgerCare Expansion Question on the Fall Ballot?

By: Saturday July 12, 2014 6:05 pm

The question of whether to take federal funding to expand BadgerCare is an important issue for Wisconsin voters and for counties. It makes a lot of sense for counties to put the question on the November ballot – to raise the visibility of the issue and to give voters a chance to weigh in on a very important matter of public policy.

Will Ideology Trump Math? Medicaid Decision Poses Conundrum for Conservative Legislators in Wisconsin

By: Friday May 31, 2013 3:20 pm

Conservative members of Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) who support the Governor’s BadgerCare changes are in a tough spot. On the one hand, they don’t want to add funding to the budget, and would like to free up as much funding as possible for income tax cuts. On the other hand, they don’t want to take the enhanced Medicaid financing from the Affordable Care Act

Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s Two-Year Budget Shows Repair Bill to Be Trojan Horse for Attacks on Workers

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 7:02 am

The reality of Scott Walker’s two-year budget is setting in, and people have begun to connect the dots.

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