Walker lied boldly, convincingly. The ultimate con man. First the debunking facts from way back in February:
There’s a major problem in Walker’s contention. The federal share -- known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, or FMAP, fluctuates annually and varies from state to state based on a formula dating to Medicaid’s inception in 1965 … "designed so that the federal government pays a larger portion of Medicaid costs in states with lower per-capita incomes relative to the national average.”So instead of the state spending just 10% after three three years at 0%, we're paying around 40%. Sounds career politician-ish, doesn't it? Even after PoltiFact's debunking, Walker still went on the following short irrational rant yesterday that even he seems to believe. I don't:
In other words, the standard federal share of Medicaid costs is not promised or guaranteed to hold steady; it must only stay between the statutory minimum of 50 percent and maximum of 83 percent. In fact, Wisconsin saw its federal rate rise from 2009 to 2010, and also got a big additional bump to more than 70 percent for almost three years under the federal stimulus law and a subsequent legislative action, both of which applied nationally.
Today, Mary Burke was asked about Medicaid expansion too. She smartly brought up PoltiFact in a very convincing, bold way, making the reporter look deservedly stupid: