Scott Walker is a shining example of strict conservatism. And his fan base of voters and radio talkers assume that when he wastes money it must be for a good reason.
Thanks to Walker, taxpayers are now on the hook for higher Medicaid costs to the tune of $250 million, along with seeing fewer jobs created in the health care industry. You show ‘em Scott.
jsonline: If the federal government keeps its current commitments, Gov. Scott Walker's plan for avoiding a full expansion of the Badgercare program would cost Wisconsin taxpayers roughly $250 million more through 2020, under preliminary estimates by the Legislature's nonpartisan budget office. In addition to lower state costs, the full expansion of the Medicaid health program would also cover tens of thousands more people than the Republican governor's proposal.From Upfront with Mike Gousha:
"It's clear that Governor Walker has chosen an option that will cover fewer people and cost the state more … His option would cost us a quarter of a billion dollars more (than a full expansion)," said Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee), who requested the memo. The report (was) made public late Friday.
Hating government so much, like Republican Rep. Robin Vos for example, you begin to believe it won’t keep its promises. This is projection, and it betrays their true intentions; like not paying back the money they borrowed from Social Security, conservatives can’t wait to break their promise to fund Medicaid and Medicare.
"I just absolutely do not believe the federal government is going to keep its promise once it sees the full impact of the (health care law)," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said.
Here are the facts:
The Fiscal Bureau estimates that 9,000 fewer people will receive state BadgerCare coverage. The Fiscal Bureau estimated that a full Medicaid expansion would cost the state $67 million more through 2020 than it would to keep the state's current programs in place without change. Walker's proposal would cost the state $320 million more through 2020. So far, six Republican governors, including those in Ohio and Michigan, have agreed to the Medicaid expansion.
And as things get worse in the state, the Walker Authority will throw a few more “surplus” dollars back at taxpayers because they’re apparently easily pleased. I’d like to think I’m wrong about that.