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Great Scott!

"To keep the possibility alive of making further cuts to state health programs, the Walker administration certified to the federal government on Dec. 29 that the state had a deficit(1) The Walker administration is returning a nearly $11 million federal grant that ....would have gone toward improving enrollment systems for programs for the poor (2)  The Governor deserves boos for....turning down $38 million in federal funds  (for) implementing the federal health care law in Wisconsin." (3)

Just before Christmas,  we all watched the fuzzy warm TV ad  in which Gov. Scott Walker and his wife  spoke about  how we Wisconsinites help each other out.  It made me love the Walkers as much as Winston Smith loved  Big Brother at the end of  1984.  

But now that Christmas is over, we see the real  Scott Walker  in the clear light of day.   In order to dump about  53,000  people from the rolls of  Badgercare, Walker  is willing to admit that the state still has a deficit, even though some of his other ads claim that he eliminated it without raising taxes.  That would not be so bad if the 53,000 people could simply buy private insurance instead:  "If the people have no Badgercare, let them buy Anthem!"  The trouble is that  these people were on Badgercare   because  they could not afford private insurance, and now will be uninsured.  If they get sick or injured, they will show up at the  hospital emergency rooms, and the cost of their treatment will be borne by others.

It is reprehensible to cut people off state health insurance because the state is broke, while rejecting federal money that could have been used to help  pay for health management costs.  The $38 million referred to above was for establishing  health care exchanges in Wisconsin, through which  uninsured  residents  could shop for  private insurance.  This is part of the  "Obamacare" law that requires everyone to be covered by health insurance, and the federal government will establish the exchange in each state that does not do so.  Wisconsin (under the leadership of Scott Walker and Atty. Gen. J B  Van Hollen) is among the states challenging this law in federal court;  but unless and until it is overturned, Wisconsin should co-operate with it.

Although Walker is deeply concerned about the state budget deficit and unemployment, he sends back federal money that could have alleviated both.  Although deeply concerned about the well-being of his fellow Wisconsin residents (which the Christmas ad proves beyond all doubt), he cavalierly tosses  many of the working poor off state health insurance, and opposes  using the federal law that would get them insured.

There are many reasons for recalling Scott Walker, but his  policies on health care for the  poor and the working class are among the most damning.  Let's make this state  "Scott-free!"

Gerald S Glazer


(1) Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  (MJS), Jan. 23, 2012, page 7A :"Does state have a budget deficit?"

(2) MJS, Jan. 21, 2012, page 1A: "State returning $11 million federal grant."

(3) Same MJS edition, page 9A: On Wisconsin editorial, par. 3.



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rabid652 | Jan. 23, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. (report)

Thanks for clearing that up, solitarius. We all know how Walker's spokesboy is the epitome of truth telling, right? Will you still be referencing his b.s. if he is indicted this week (a real possiblity)?

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solitarius | Jan. 23, 2012 at 10:38 a.m. (report)

Unfortunately, Mr Glazer once again put on his red glasses and leftified the news. Here is the truth.

January 18, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303
Governor Walker Turns Down ObamaCare Funding
MadisonToday Governor Walker announced he will not pursue the implementation of a health insurance exchange and has turned down Early Innovator Grant funding from the federal government. The Governor also will repeal the executive order that created the Office of Free Market Health Care.
I have directed the Department of Health Services to notify the federal government that we will discontinue any development on a health exchange and that Wisconsin will turn down funding from the Early Innovator Grant program, said Governor Walker. Stopping the encroachment of ObamaCare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsins economy, is a top priority. Wisconsin has been a leader and innovator in health care reform for two decades, and we have achieved a high level of health insurance coverage without federal mandates. When job creators and Wisconsin families are facing difficult times it doesnt make sense to commit to a federal health care mandate that will result in hidden taxes for Wisconsin families, increased health care costs and insurance premiums, and more uncertainty in the private sector.
Governor Walker will sign Executive Order 57 into law, which repeals the executive order that established the Office of Free Market Health Care.

Scott Walker Turns Down Obamacare Funding
Posted by Leon H. Wolf
Friday, January 20th at 2:00PM EST
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who had already announced that he would delay the implementation of the health care exchange program in Wisconsin until the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacares constitutionality, announced earlier this week that the state will turn down the $37M grant from the Federal government which was designed to aid in the exchange implementation.
On Wednesday Walker said he was notifying the federal government that Wisconsin was turning down the Early Innovator Grant, saying it didnt make sense to commit to reforms that could have a devastating economic impact.
Stopping the encroachment of ObamaCare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsins economy, is a top priority. Wisconsin has been a leader and innovator in health care reform for two decades, and we have achieved a high level of health insurance coverage without federal mandates, Walker said in a statement.
Surprisingly, the AP found a bunch of Democrats and liberals who were shocked shocked, I say to find that Walker opposed the implementation of the exchange program in Wisconsin quoting a Democrat state legislator, a representative from the ultra-liberal Citizen Action of Wisconsin, and a spokesperson from the American Cancer Society (which has been in the tank for Obamacare from the get-go). Strangely the fact that CAW and ACS have been rabid partisan backers of Obamacare from the beginning was omitted from the story, as was the fact that CAW is an ultra-left wing pro-OWS group. The piece is intentionally written to appear as though all reasonable and disinterested people condemn Governor Walkers reckless decision, which is supported by absolutely no one.
Governor Walker continues to do the right thing in Wisconsin despite the constant smearing by liberals, unions, and the press.

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