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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 10:26 AM 

Dems criticize Medicaid expansion decision

Debate on a three-month delay in BadgerCare enrollment changes began with a Dem amendment to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid, which was shot down 57-38.

“We are here today because of the governor’s inaction on accepting Medicaid dollars,” said Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine.

Mason called the GOP proposal a “false choice” that asks lawmakers to “help one group of people by denying coverage to another group of people.”

Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said Wisconsin was the only state in the position of taking special legislative action to deal with the Affordable Care Act, while Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said the issue is a matter of “life or death” for many Wisconsinites.

“You’re going to kick 80,000 people that are banking on you keeping your word,” Barca said.

Republicans fired back that their only mistake was believing the promises of the federal government on Obamacare, particularly President Obama’s assertion that people could keep their previous health coverage.

“At the very best, he misled the American public,” said Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester. “At the very worst, he bold-face lied.”

Vos also defended the state’s rejection of Medicaid dollars in favor of covering all those under the federal poverty line.

“We kept our part of the bargain, but the federal government didn’t keep theirs,” Vos said.


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