Sunday, January 4, 2015

Walker is either lying or isn't to bright about Medicaid Funding Formula.

You may have noticed how Scott Walker confidently gives the same wrong answer over and over again about Medicaid funding. To the casual listener, it's easy to assumed he must be telling them the truth. He sounds so sure of it. But he’s only reciting a well rehearsed lie the media never asks Walker to explain. Just this last week, he said it again to WKOW’s Greg Neumann. Check out the video clip below, but first the facts.

Medicaid funding for BadgerCare has never been shortchanged, reneged on, by the federal government. PolitiFact mentioned that point today in a year end review of their most viewed responses from Scott Walker:
In February, the governor was under fire for rejecting the federal Medicaid expansion. He said he didn't trust that the money would come. He said: "Federal government reneging" on Medicaid payments to Wisconsin caused about $240 million in extra costs in the 2013-’15 state budget.

We rated that False. Typical cost-sharing fluctuations, based mainly on a longstanding formula, explain the extra state burden -- not any reversal of course or pulling back on a commitment by Washington.
In the clip, Walker not only repeats the lie, but makes things worse by refusing to maintain higher doctor reimbursements, which are set to go down. He could use the money saved with Medicaid expansion to pay doctors, but not Walker. What he’s doing is killing health care reform, which will in turn frustrate the public even more, and play into the Republican meme "government can’t do anything right." Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s Robert Kraig takes issue with Walker, saying he and the legislature are sabotaging reform. Kraig also offers a solution:

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