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Thursday, December 19, 2013

 11:55 AM 

Dems renew call for accepting Medicaid expansion funding

Senate Dems called on Republicans to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid in a press conference prior to today’s session.

“Let’s do the right thing,” said Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee. “Let’s accept Wisconsin’s fair share of federal funds to strengthen BadgerCare.”

He said the crisis was created by the governor’s decision to reject the funding in the state budget, a decision made only to “appease tea party primary voters on Gov. Walker’s political horizon.”

Larson said the proposal before the Senate today pits two of the state’s poorest populations against each other, while Sen. Dave Hansen said the plan, if approved, would lead to 83,000 childless adults living in poverty scrambling for health care within days of Christmas.

“It’s almost like a return to the time of Scrooge,” said Hansen, D-Green Bay.


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