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Kind: Walker Put Politics First, Again


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Representative Ron Kind today shared his disappointment in Governor Walker's decision to reject the federal dollars for Medicaid expansion provided to states through the Affordable Care Act.

Republican governors Jan Brewer or Arizona, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, John Kasich of Ohio, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, and Brian Sandoval of Nevada have already agreed to the expansion.

"Governor Walker put politics before people today. His decision to reject the federal support for Medicaid expansion in our state is foolish. Expanding Medicaid would provide coverage to an additional 175,000 low-income people, create 10,500 jobs in Wisconsin, and because it is fully paid for through the Affordable Care Act, would save the state $66 million over three years.

"The Governor's math just doesn't add up. The offer by the federal government would share 100 percent of the cost, versus the 60 percent that the federal government pays today. On top of that, those without coverage still receive treatment, passing costs along to hospitals and the insured. Accepting the support for Medicaid expansion would reduce the number of uninsured, saving Wisconsin's health care system $247 million in uncompensated care costs over the next 10 years. Rejecting this deal is wrong for Wisconsin."

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