On Medicaid, Walker's big plan is to kick 77,000 people out of the state's current, expansive Medicaid program called Badgercare, and put them in the exchanges. That would free up space, because Badgercare has a cap, allowing some 83,000 more low-income people into the program.
“It’s part of overall reform,” Walker said, “where our goal is to get more people out into the workplace, more people covered when it comes to health care and fewer people dependent on the government, not because we’ve kicked them out but we’ve empowered them to take control of their own destiny.”Sounds good, so far, right (except for the Ayn Randian "destiny" bullshit). He's a compassionate conservative, really a moderate, right? Except that he's still refusing the federal Medicaid expansion money, keeping his Obamacare hating creds in place. Here's the problem: that's going to cost Wisconsin taxpayers an additional $460 million through 2020. At least some folks in Wisconsin, including the editors at the Cap Times aren't pleased with this plan, and aren't fooled by Walker's newfound concern for the poor. They know it's about a presidential run in 2016: "Scott Walker puts politics first—even if that means making Wisconsinites pay more." The easily fooled wingnuts, however, love it.