MADISON – United Wisconsin Political Director Erik Kirkstein released the following statement after Assembly Republicans voted in today’s special session of the state Assembly to reject an amendment to Special Session Bill 1 which called on the state to accept billions in federal dollars to expand Medicaid coverage. Scott Walker’s Special Session Bill 1 extends BadgerCare coverage for some 77,000 Wisconsinites until April 1st, 2014, but will deny access to the program for 83,000 childless adults on January 1st, 2014. The bill now moves to the state Senate.
“Today, Republicans in the state Assembly made the politically-motivated choice to deny access to BadgerCare for 83,000 Wisconsinites, breaking their promise and leaving many of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable citizens out in the cold starting January 1st, 2014.
“As Scott Walker runs for President, it is critical to his credibility with national tea party donors that he does everything in his power to undermine successful implementation of healthcare reform, and today the Republican-dominated state Assembly once again put Walker’s political aspirations ahead of the health and well-being of the citizens of Wisconsin.
It is not too late to put the health of our state ahead of politics by doing the right thing and accepting federal healthcare funding, which will guarantee coverage for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites and save Wisconsin taxpayers upwards of $86 million dollars.”
United Wisconsin is an independent grassroots organization of citizens restoring the Wisconsin tradition of democracy in action. For more information, visit our website at www.unitedwisconsin.com.