Medicaid funds

Dear Editor,

Ideology, Affordable Care Act obstructionism, and higher office aspirations by our governor has hurt Wisconsin citizens. An example of this is our governor’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid funding.

Governor Walker’s refusal of Medicaid expansion funding and Badgercare changes forced many off of Medicaid to find insurance on the federal health insurance exchange.

How many successfully enrolled in health exchange policies? The majority of people, 61 percent or about 38,000, did not!

The state is on track to have a $232 million deficit in Medicaid funding by the end of the biennium, including a shortfall of $93 million in state funds, primarily due to new growth in coverage of childless adults.

The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits to help Americans afford health coverage, but was not designed to provide enough help for people near the federal poverty line…expanded Medicaid (Badgercare) was to do that.

The negative impact of Walker’s decision will grow. Working families will seek care in emergency rooms. Many won’t pay their medical bills because co-pays/deductibles are unaffordable.

Medical providers will shift the cost and raise the price of health insurance/medical services for everyone in Wisconsin.

Recently a nonpartisan report shows that Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved $206 million over two years…73% more than previously estimated…if officicials had fully expanded its main health care program for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act.

County advisory referendums might appear on ballots regarding Medicaid expansion.

Why have referendums when we have a November election?

Democrat Mary Burke, as well as Democrat candidates for Assembly/Senate, favor accepting the Medicaid funding.

Governor Walker, supported by most Republican Assembly/ Senate legislators, will not accept expanded Medicaid funding.

The obvious way for voters to make their wishes known would be to vote for the appropriate candidates on this issue!

John Binder

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