Monday, September 23, 2013

Walker tosses the buying power of 92,000 former Badgercare Recipients Straddling Poverty Line, all but killing consumer demand.

I’m one of the 92,000 Wisconsinites getting an impersonal letter from the Walker Authority telling me we’re all on our own when it comes to health care…good luck.

We’re talking about 92,000 people straddling the poverty line, barely making ends meet, if that:
jsonline: Gov. Scott Walker's administration is notifying 92,000 Wisconsin residents this month that their BadgerCare health coverage will run out at the end of the year, requiring them to buy coverage through new and potentially more costly federal marketplaces. The notification letters reignited the debate over Walker's decision to reject additional federal money to expand BadgerCare. 
Sure it’s cruel, but Walker is doing it for our own good. We don’t know it yet, but not depending on the government is going to give us a sense of pride and freedom.

Oh, and it’s also a sure fire way to stop consumer demand in its tracks. I knew I wouldn't qualify anymore, but I also knew the last year’s spending was over. And that means 90,000 tight family budgets will be taken offline, killing consumer demand, and tanking job creation.

Like Walker’s cuts to take home pay for public employees, removing nearly 100,000 more consumers from the marketplace will stop economic progress, which in turn might just speed up Walker's ouster from office. 

Medicaid Director Brad Davis is doing his best to spread the bad word, inflicting pain well before the rates are known in the ObamaCare marketplace, which other states have already released. It's like they're just playing with us. Ya think? From Channel3000:


  1. I am sorry you are in this situation. I wish you the best.
    I await the Wisconsin Democratic Party's informational campaign pointing out, among other things, that the exchanges Walker is forcing you and others to go on were never intended for this population, that it is especially cruel to force families to pay for insurance that they will then be unable to use due to things like high deductibles (either/or scenario), that accepting Medicaid dollars would have alleviated some of the pain, and that Walker is going to use vulnerable people in Wisconsin to try to portray Obamacare as a failure. C'mon, elected Dems and party officials, get on this, please.
    Hopefully I have my basic facts right. Correct any errors as needed.

  2. Thanks for the comments, and you're right on your facts.

    I wish the Democratic Party had balls, but the don't.