Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to GOP Rejection of Medicaid Expansion
"This is a blatantly partisan move from the Republicans, and one that does not reflect the will of the people."
MADISON – Today, the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee voted in their first Executive Session on the 2019-20 state budget to discard 131 important provisions from the Governor’s budget, including the popular and fiscally responsible Medicaid expansion. Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:
“This is a blatantly partisan move from the Republicans, and one that does not reflect the will of the people. I ran for office to represent the people of my community. When I knocked on doors, I heard people’s distrust of politicians and the influence that special interests held over them. I made a promise to my constituents that I was going to fight for their interests. Sometimes that means rejecting the efforts of the big corporate donors who are working against the will of the people, and this is one of those times.
People’s lives should not be a partisan issue. 70% of people support Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin, according to the most recent Marquette University Law School poll. We have heard this support time and time again in the JFC public hearings and our own budget listening sessions across the state. We are listening to the people – that’s why this is the People’s Budget and that’s why it includes Medicaid expansion.
By rejecting the Medicaid expansion, they are rejecting Medicaid coverage to 82,000 additional Wisconsinites, $1.6 billion of federal dollars for healthcare investments, and state savings of $324 million. In fact, the Journal Sentinel just reported that the Governor’s plan provides $836.7 million in additional health spending at no cost to the state. This is a good deal for Wisconsin.
In Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties alone, 26,000 more people would be covered under Medicaid and $776 million of new investments would go to healthcare services if we expand. These are new investments in mental health, dental care, lead abatement, and postpartum coverage for new mothers.
The $1.6 billion in federal grants is not revenue from a new tax, but rather money we have each already paid in federal taxes, and we are simply bringing that money home. Right now, Wisconsinites are subsidizing surrounding states with our federal taxes. The People’s Budget brings that money home both in the form of Medicaid expansion, and the federal grant programs which go to fund healthcare investments.
It’s important to note that without accepting Medicaid expansion, we can’t make the crucial investments into healthcare that our state and our people are asking for. These investments would include the Healthy Women, Healthy Babies initiative, which seeks to improve birth outcomes in our state, and to protect the lives of mothers. Without the funding for this initiative, Wisconsin will continue with the worst infant mortality rates in the nation, and some of the worst maternal mortality rates, both disproportionately more common for people of color.
Republicans have made it clear that they prefer special interests over the people’s interests. Their rhetoric disguises this preference by calling it “privatization,” but we’re not fooled. They want the Special Interest Budget, not The People’s Budget.
As Lt. Gov. Barnes said at the press conference last week in Milwaukee, this is not just a failure for the budget, but a moral failure for all Wisconsinites who deserve access to quality and affordable healthcare. A budget is a moral document, and if our budget doesn’t serve the needs of our people, versus the special interests, then we have failed our people.
I urge my colleagues across the aisle to reconsider their position – keep Medicaid expansion in the budget. I urge our communities to keep contacting their legislators to let them know that the people want Medicaid expansion and the people want a budget that’s for them. We have to make Wisconsin work for the people, because we represent the people – not the special interests.”
More about the 2019-2021 Wisconsin Budget
- Budget Committee Debates Stewardship Program - Danielle Kaeding - May 28th, 2019
- Republicans Refuse to Allow Votes on Budget Proposals to Help People Vote - One Wisconsin Now - May 14th, 2019
- Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to GOP Rejection of Medicaid Expansion - State Rep. Robyn Vining - May 9th, 2019
- Gov. Evers’ Statement on Joint Finance Committee Action - Gov. Tony Evers - May 9th, 2019
- Leader Fitzgerald Applauds Joint Finance Committee Eliminating Over $1 Billion in Gov. Evers’ Tax Hikes - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald - May 9th, 2019
- Scores of People Attend State Budget Hearing - Bridgit Bowden - Apr 6th, 2019
- Legislators Resist Many Evers Proposals - Laurel White - Apr 5th, 2019
- Republicans Call for Reset of Evers’ Budget - Shawn Johnson and Laurel White - Apr 4th, 2019
- Evers Budgets $78 Million for High Speed Internet - Danielle Kaeding - Mar 14th, 2019
- Evers Wants $2.5 Billion Capital Budget - Shawn Johnson - Mar 11th, 2019
- The Medical College of Wisconsin Applauds Governor Evers Commitment to Cancer Research - Medical College of Wisconsin - Mar 8th, 2019
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- School Leaders Back Evers Funding Plan - John Davis - Mar 7th, 2019
- WILL Budget Explainer: The Administrative State - Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty - Mar 7th, 2019
- Governor Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Mar 6th, 2019
- Evers’ Budget Allows Immigrants In-State Tuition - Phoebe Petrovic - Mar 6th, 2019
- Murphy’s Law: Who Will Win State Budget Battle? - Bruce Murphy - Mar 5th, 2019
- The State of Politics: Governor’s Veto Power Looms Large - Steven Walters - Mar 4th, 2019
- Rural and Urban School Districts Express Support for Governor Evers’ Budget - Milwaukee Public Schools - Mar 1st, 2019
- Governor Evers Budget Prioritizes Real People Living Real Lives - Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health - Mar 1st, 2019
- Coalition for More Responsible Transportation Members Applaud Gov. Evers’ Proposed Transportation Budget - Coalition for More Responsible Transportation - Mar 1st, 2019
- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald - Feb 28th, 2019
- Rep. Considine Statement on Governor’s Budget - State Rep. Dave Considine - Feb 28th, 2019
- Senator Craig Responds to Governor Evers’ Budget Address - State Sen. David Craig - Feb 28th, 2019
- Rep. Shankland Commends Governor Evers on The People’s Budget - State Rep. Katrina Shankland - Feb 28th, 2019
- Rep. Robyn Vining Cheers The People’s Budget - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Feb 28th, 2019
- Milwaukee Area Labor Council Reaction State Budget - Milwaukee Area Labor Council - Feb 28th, 2019
- Statement from Rep. Brostoff in Support of Gov. Evers’ Redistricting Plan - State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff - Feb 28th, 2019
- The People’s Budget is a Win for Wisconsin - State Sen. Jennifer Shilling - Feb 28th, 2019
- Rep. Mark Spreitzer Applauds Gov. Evers’s Budget Address - State Rep. Mark Spreitzer - Feb 28th, 2019
- Gov. Tony Evers’ Budget Plan: Progress on Solutions for Student Loan Borrowers and Protections for Wisconsin Voter Rights - One Wisconsin Now - Feb 28th, 2019
- Governor Evers Gives 2019-21 Biennial Budget Address - Gov. Tony Evers - Feb 28th, 2019
- MacIver Responds To Reporters Being Barred From Evers Budget Briefing - MacIver Institute - Feb 28th, 2019
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- Evers’ Budget Will Include Nonpartisan Redistricting Process - Shawn Johnson - Feb 27th, 2019
- Representative Subeck Applauds Governor Evers’ Plan to Ensure Fair Election Maps - State Rep. Lisa Subeck - Feb 26th, 2019
- Rep. Robyn Vining Embraces Gov. Evers’ Inclusion of Redistricting in Budget - State Rep. Robyn Vining - Feb 26th, 2019
- Gov. Evers Announces Tribal Initiatives in State Budget - Gov. Tony Evers - Feb 26th, 2019
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- The State of Politics: 10 Issues to Watch in Evers Budget - Steven Walters - Feb 25th, 2019
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