Possible BadgerCare Budget Deal Admits Walker Plan Spikes Numbers of Uninsured Wisconsinites

By Kevin Kane Healthcare Organizer, Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Disturbing Hints Joint Finance Committee Majority Developing Plan over the weekend to pay hospitals more for impact of forcing Wisconsinites off health coverage.

Statewide: As a consequence of months of intense public pressure on the the Legislature to reverse Governor Walker’s rejection of billions of enhanced federal dollars for the state’s BadgerCare program, the conservative majority on the Joint Finance Committee may be working on a deal that would pay Wisconsin hospitals more to make up for the cost of increased uncompensated care.

Interviews with Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) by Milwaukee Business Journal, and Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) (a key GOP proponent of taking the federal money) by Wisconsin Reporter, describe a deal that would still reject the federal money but would spend more state money to compensate hospitals for the impact.  This would add to the $119 million state price tag in this budget alone for turning down the federal health care reform dollars.

“By conceding that hospitals will be damaged by an increase in uncompensated care, such a deal would be an admission that Walker’s plan will cause tens of thousands people throughout Wisconsin to lose health coverage.  This has been denied by the Governor and his allies in the Legislature up to now,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  “It would be a stunningly callous and immoral act to compensate hospitals for impact of forcing people of health coverage, when it would be easy to prevent this tragic result in the first place by taking the federal health care dollars that are on the table.  If such a deal came to pass, it would show that leaders in the Legislature care more about hospitals than their own constituents who need guaranteed access to affordable health coverage to prosper and succeed.”

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