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Thursday, February 25, 2010

 2:12 PM 

Audit requirement added to Basic plan

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, said BadgerCare Basic is "ill-conceived" and "poorly funded."

Vinehout has a trio of amendments, including one to limit the plan to two years, which failed. Another amendment to require the LAB to do a comprehensive performance evaluation at the end of the year was eventually adopted.

Vinehout said now is not the time for the state to be expanding public insurance plans, saying the proposal is "too expensive for the person (enrolled) and too expensive for the state."

She urged Republican members to work with her to come up with a plan to "put all small businesses in one single risk pool."

Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, praised Vinehout for having "a very good grasp of what's going on here today ... Certainly I hope she reminded the rest of the members of her party that this is not the day to do this or the place to do this."

The amendment to end the program after two years was tabled, with Vinehout voting with 15 Republicans against putting the amendment aside.

A motion to table the amendment to have an audit performed failed, with Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, joining Vinehout and the Republicans in defeating it. It then passed 23-10.


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