Sunday, December 15, 2013

Iowa makes Scott Walker look stupid, and it didn't take much. Medicaid expansion his new Achilles heal..

Walker thought he was so clever, turning down Medicaid expansion. Wisconsin taxpayers will pay and pay because Walker is true to his ideological “principles.” For Republican voters, that’s the good kind of wasteful spending.

This isn't the first time Walker decided to waste taxpayer money either. Logic and common sense directly contradicts his strict and narrow political view of small government. Walker latest losing proposition would give taxpayer subsidies to insurer not in the exchange, completely missing the point of controlling premiums in the exchanges and comparison shopping.

Here’s how Walker wants to throw more unnecessary taxpayer money down the drain by declining the expansion of Medicaid (keep in mind, the GOP supported sequester is cutting Medicaid/Medicare funding, breaking the very promise Walker complains so much about. Another words, Walker is solving a problem his own party created):
jsonline: Iowa has come up with a plan for expanding insurance coverage for poor people that is similar to the one adopted by Gov. Scott Walker but at a fraction of the cost to state taxpayers.

On Thursday, the federal government approved a proposal by Iowa that expands its Medicaid program while giving commercial health plans a larger role in expanding coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
This plan is well thought out, and benefits the people who need it most:
In both Wisconsin and Iowa, adults with household incomes below the federal poverty level — $11,490 for one person and $15,510 for two people — will be eligible for coverage through Medicaid next year.

In Iowa, the private health plans will have to provide benefits similar to Medicaid for adults with incomes between 100% and 138% of the federal poverty level — or $11,490 to $15,856 for one person.

They also will not have to pay premiums for the first year.

"It's a significantly better deal than what Wisconsin's providing for people near the poverty line," said Jon Peacock, research director for the advocacy group Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
Get ready for this; Walker's wasted hundreds of millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars:
But Walker's approach comes at a price: The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated earlier this year that it would cost the state $119 million in the two-year budget cycle and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars through 2021.
Walker remains "Unintimidated" from carrying out bad policy.

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