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Thursday, December 19, 2013

 3:20 PM 

Senate passes delay in BadgerCare changes

The Senate voted 18-12 today to concur in special session legislation pushing back changes to enrollment standards in the state’s Medicaid programs, sending it to the governor’s desk for signature.

Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, urged Republicans to push back against a wrong decision from the governor.

“This is our money. We’re sending back $109 million,” Hansen said, referring to the Medicaid expansion funding. “Today is not a proud day as a state legislator.”

Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, countered that the Affordable Care Act will add to an already massive federal deficit and that Dems didn’t “get their act together” to make sure the Obamacare law worked.

“One party doesn’t care, just doesn’t seem to care, about living within a budget or where the money comes from,” Lasee said.


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