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Shilling Critical of Walker Decision

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW)

State Senator Jennifer Shilling released the following statement regarding Governor Walker's decision to reject federal funding for Medicaid expansion:

Gov. Walker's Decision Jeopardizes Health Care Security for Thousands of Working Families
 

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker announced today that he will be rejecting the comprehensive plan to strengthen Wisconsin's BadgerCare program. This proposal would have saved Wisconsin taxpayers $75 million over the next three years, provided access to health care for up to 175,000 working families, and created thousands of new health care jobs.
Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released this statement in response to the Governor's decision:
"Access to health care is a key component of rebuilding Wisconsin's middle class. It is one of the most important stepping stones for helping low income people become middle class, and helping those already in the middle class stay there. Governor Walker's short-sighted decision leaves Wisconsin's middle class families stranded in the waiting room. By turning away federal funding, Wisconsin taxpayers will pay more out of their own pockets and thousands will be denied access to affordable health care."
"At a time when other states are providing assistance to working families, Governor Walker's failure to invest in preventive care programs will continue to shift costs onto the middle class. From rejecting thousands of high speed rail jobs to turning away rural broadband funding, Governor Walker continues to make short-sighted decisions that are hurting middle class families throughout Wisconsin. These missed opportunities and misplaced priorities are yet another reason that Wisconsin ranks 42nd in the nation for job creation and is last among states in the Midwest."
To date, Republican Governors in several states have announced that they will accept federal support to provide increased access to health care coverage through Medicaid. In the words of conservative Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, "Saying ‘no' to this plan would not save these federal dollars from being spent or direct them to deficit reduction. No, Arizona's tax dollars would simply be passed to another state – generating jobs and providing health care for citizens in California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico or any other expansion state. With this move, we will secure a federal revenue stream to cover the costs of the uninsured who already show up in our doctor's offices and emergency rooms."
 
 
State Senator Jennifer Shilling

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