Nov 19, 2013

Scott Walker: I care about you too much for you to have Heathcare

Update: Jack Craver of the Capital Times writes: Will Obamacare problems deliver another term for Scott Walker?

Craver notes: "Walker refused to set up a state-specific insurance exchange and rejected hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds, meaning that many state residents would be pushed off the Medicaid rolls and on to what has turned out to be a dysfunctional federal exchange," and downward pressure on health insurance costs are not applied in Wisconsin.

How stopping Wisconsin people from getting healthcare helps Scott Walker is not explained by Craver.
"I care too much about the people of this state not to empower them to control their own destiny," Walker told the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce earlier this year after rejecting federal money for Medicaid that may end up dwarfing the $800,000 Walker shooed away in highs-speed rail infrastructure.

Earlier this year Scot Walker made it clear that healthcare is not a right, and that society ought not be organized for people's welfare.

Sure, it;'s good Walker for who has had his own healthcare subsidized since 1993, by the public. But Walker has an in with God and David Koch. Normal rules don't apply.

"I want to have fewer people in the state who are uninsured," Scott Walker said in February 13. 2013, in the Wisconsin State Journal. "And I want to have fewer people in this state who are dependent on government."

"U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, a La Crosse Democrat who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, said that the federal money was in place and Walker was 'putting politics before people in Wisconsin.'
'I do not foresee a better deal being offered to Wisconsin or any other state in our lifetime,' Kind said. (Stein. Milwaukee Journal -Sentinel, February 13. 2013)

"Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said Walker was taking the right approach. She said she worries federal money now available for a Medicaid expansion could be withdrawn in future years. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, said Walker was taking the right approach. She said she worries federal money now available for a Medicaid expansion could be withdrawn in future years." (Stein. Milwaukee Journal -Sentinel, February 13. 2013)

By that logic, "Then don't take highway money. Don't take education money," Robert Laszewski, a consultant with Health Policy and Strategy Associates LLC siad. "Don't take any federal money. Of course they (federal government) can renege." (Stein. Milwaukee Journal -Sentinel, February 13. 2013)

Matt Rothschild says Republicans have no answers on healthcare as President Obama scrabbles to find a way to bring healthcare to American families. Rothschild is right that Republicans have answers; they don't believe healthcare is a right any more than they believe public education is a right.

The Medicaid expansion alone would cover some 20 million people within the next decade, according to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Only some one half of the states have decided to take the Medicaid expansion, paid for in full by the federal government for the first three years.

Those state rejecting Medicaid are  disproportionately hurting those living in urban ares.

“The economic argument is completely overwhelming for the big cities,” says Anne Dunkelberg with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Texas, which has advocated (unsuccessfully) for Medicaid expansion there. “They’re paying 100 percent local tax dollars instead of getting 100 percent federal funding.”

Take Wisconsin.

"Governor Walker of Wisconsin has made history in this regard by not only refusing to expand Medicaid but by kicking more people from the program than any other state in the country. If they accepted federal funds to assist low-income Americans through Medicaid, governors could help approximately 5.4 million more people receive health insurance coverage by 2016. Despite Republican resistance and the challenging rollout, the overwhelming need for quality and affordable health insurance cannot be ignored", notes Rep Gwen Mppre (D-Milwaukee). Congress, we are divided on many issues, but whether Americans across this nation deserve quality and affordable health care should never be one of them. Despite the wishes of some, the Affordable Care Act will survive its constant threats, and in doing so American lives will be saved as well."

On one side we have Democrats working through the barriers of the health insurance industry and the Republicans to get people healthcare. On the other side, we have Republicans pulling out all the stops to prevent health care for American families.

Moore's right, the AFC will survive and people's lives and health will be saved.

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