Leading state Democrat touts federal funds for BadgerCare [The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.]
|By Chris Vetter, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.|
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However, it remains unclear whether Gov.
"This is a unilateral decision by our governor," Larson, D-
The savings Larson touted Wednesday would come by replacing state money to cover childless adults with money from the federal government made available under President
An estimated 175,000 childless adults in
The federal government pays for all of the expansion for three years, or
Walker has cited concerns about how much it would cost
"What you'll hear from the governor is there is no clarity the funding will be there in the future," Larson said.
Larson said he believes the governor will have his mind made up on
Like Walker, many Republican legislators are leery of accepting the federal funding. State Rep.
"Does it really strengthen (BadgerCare)?" Bernier said. "That's up to interpretation. Those (federal) matches go away, and you end up paying 100 percent. Everyone knows that when you create a government program it never goes away."
Bernier said to accept the federal dollars is "short-sighted at best."
Earlier in the day in
Wachs said that he plans to co-sponsor legislation in the Assembly that would ask Walker to accept the BadgerCare funding.
"I've seen the impacts of the uninsured and underinsured, and the impacts it has on their families," Wachs said. "This should be a nonpartisan issue. This should be a human issue."
Among the 146,000
Democrats are hoping Walker will follow the lead of other conservative governors, including
A broad coalition of labor groups, doctors, hospitals, health providers and advocates for the poor back the expansion in
Even if Walker were to accept the expansion, he could run into trouble among Republicans who control
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