Rep. Taylor’s statement on GOP rejection of BadgerCare expansion
Today, Republicans rejected an attempt by Assembly Democrats to accept billions of federal dollars to provide health care access for 83,000 Wisconsinites living in poverty.
MADISON – Today, Republicans rejected an attempt by Assembly Democrats to accept billions of federal dollars to provide health care access for 83,000 Wisconsinites living in poverty. The move would save Wisconsin over $86 million over the next two years and attract billions of federal dollars over the next decade. Instead, the Assembly passed a measure to cover fewer people at a higher cost. Below is Rep. Chris Taylor’s (D-Madison) statement on the vote:
“Today, Assembly Republicans went along with Governor Walker’s efforts to play presidential politics with people’s health care when they chose to shove people through cracks in the health care system they created and stomp on their fingers as they tried to hold on. Governor Walker’s plan, which my Republican colleagues rubber stamped today, costs more and provides fewer people with access to health care.
“As Ohio Governor John Kasich, a republican, remarked on taking federal Medicaid dollars, ‘I always try to put myself in the shoes of somebody else to say how would I feel if I didn’t have health insurance? It’s going to save lives… It’s going to help people, and you tell me what’s more important than that.’
“Today, Assembly Republicans turned their backs on protecting the health and lives of Wisconsinites. Their actions in choosing to deny healthcare to thousands of Wisconsinites is inexplicable, unconscionable and immoral.”
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