Two years ago Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. Parts of the law are controversial, but everyone can agree on the three most important changes it will bring about in our health care system.
* Allow BadgerCare to cover everyone up to 133% of the poverty line.
* Enable middle-class individuals who are uninsured to get federal tax credits that help them buy a good benefit package from competing private insurers.
* Create a state health insurance exchange that helps individuals and small businesses to pool their purchasing power and shop around for the best insurance coverage.
Unfortunately, Governor Walker and the Legislature are trying to throw more than 50,000 people off of BadgerCare.
The Governor and Legislature also are blocking the implementation of a state-run health insurance exchange.
As a result, we'll end up with Washington bureaucrats imposing an exchange on Wisconsin. Governor Walker and the Legislature would rather put DC bureaucrats in power than let us set up our own exchange.
As your Representative, I will work to strengthen BadgerCare. I will also insist that we in Wisconsin--rather than the federal government--must create a health insurance exchange that works for us in controlling costs and improving quality.