Walker’s bait & switch health “plan”

By Erik Kirkstein, Citizen Action Health Care Organizer

“‘Walker’s supposed plan is not serious health policy. It is a campaign document which provides nothing more than window dressing for a massive roll-back of the freedom to access quality affordable health care,’ said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin.’”- Wisconsin Radio Network, 8/18/15

As his Presidential poll numbers continue to freefall, Walker is now moving even further to the right fringe, unveiling Tuesday in Minnesota an extreme health care plan and promise to repeal Obamacare on day 1 of his presidency (never mind the Constitution which says it is Congress that repeals laws).

Strangely Walker chose Minnesota to make his big announcement, a state with substantially lower health insurance rates than Wisconsin because it has taken advantage of health care reform.

The American people are sick and tired of the endless attempts by right-wing extremist to roll back the clock. We need your help to take this fight to the next level.

Citizen Action is escalating our statewide health care campaign to go on offense against the likes of Scott Walker, Ron Johnson, and all those that want to return to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, charge women higher rates than men, and throw young adults off their parents’ health policies.

WalkerCare is a clear and present danger to the health care freedom of millions of Americans:

Here are some of the destructive ideas Walker has in store:

  • Repeal of the federal guarantee that no American can be denied coverage or charged higher premiums by insurance companies because they have pre-existing medical conditions.

  • Gutting Medicaid health programs for moderate income Americans (like BadgerCare) by block granting federal funds without any indexing for inflation, and limiting required state matching contributions. This will likely result in millions of moderate income Americans losing their affordable health coverage.

  • Dramatically increasing health insurance premiums by creating incentives for healthier and younger Americans not to buy insurance until they are already sick, making the insurance risk pool less healthy and more expensive.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

It’s clear that Walker’s plan will take Wisconsin and America backwards on health care. As our Executive Director told reporters yesterday, the American people are tired of the constant efforts to undermine health care reform. It’s time to recognize that the health care law is here to stay. Rather than going backwards, we need to work together to make the law better and lower costs.

By Citizen Action of Wisconsin
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Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on August 20, 2015

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