But the Affordable Care Act, with its deductibles and co-pays, was never meant for the poor on state Medicaid programs like Badgercare.
Walker is building his strong "father figure" image on discipline, and ironically, an odd form of government mandated freedom that comes from his stern "leadership." Is it any wonder why, "I'm giving you freedom" rings hollow to the poor who can't even afford that.
Remember when Wisconsin was a leader in insuring more state residents than other states? Kiss that goodbye after only 2 and a half years:
Cap Times: By a wide margin, Wisconsin would remove more low income people from
Kaiser Health News reports that about 92,000 people in Wisconsin — 87,000 parents and 5,000 more childless adults with incomes above the federal poverty level. Wisconsin (plans) to add 100,000 childless adults with incomes below the poverty level to Medicaid, which Walker officials say makes it a fair trade-off.
It’s not supposed to be a zero sum game, it was supposed to EXPAND the number of people WITH health care. Republicans again couldn't help themselves from carelessly doing just the opposite.
It also includes a response from Donna Friedsam, health policy program director at UW-Madison. “The products designed for the marketplace were never designed for people in these low-income categories," Friedsam told Kaiser. "Even with the federal subsidies, the cost sharing will still be quite onerous."
Biz Times Milwaukee also quotes several Wisconsin officials on the Kaiser report.