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Thursday, December 19, 2013

 1:56 PM 

Debate on Medicaid expansion continues

The Senate continues to debate the first of three amendments offered by Dems today, a substitute amendment that would require the state to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said accepting that funding, even on a temporary basis, would allow for coverage of both childless adults living in poverty and for those between 100 and 133 percent of the poverty level -- instead of pitting those groups against each other.

“In his budget, Gov. Walker made a promise,” Erpenbach said of those under the poverty line slated to become eligible for BadgerCare on Jan. 1. “We’re here today to make sure that promise is seen through. It’s a very simple thing to do.”

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said it would be irresponsible for the state to take on more people in its Medicaid programs in light of the issues with the health care law. She said the three-month delay for the “Wisconsin plan” would give lawmakers time to see how the law moves forward after the exchange problems.

Sen. Rick Gudex, R-Fond du Lac, added he believes the website won’t be ready by the new BadgerCare deadline of April 1, and that the problems will affect the law’s funding mechanism.

“It’s going to crash under its own weight,” Gudex said of the law.

Erpenbach said lawmakers can talk about the Affordable Care Act endlessly, but “it really, truly doesn’t matter what you think, ‘cause it’s law.”

Dems also countered that states around Wisconsin -- including those with GOP governors -- have accepted that funding, and argued Minnesota is seeing better coverage and lower costs because of the decision to craft a state-specific exchange website.

“This legislation doesn’t have a conscience,” said Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar.


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