U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement today after the Walker Administration made public a report that showed that Governor Walker's plan to remove almost 63,000 Wisconsinites from BadgerCare coverage and transition them to plans in the Affordable Care Act's Marketplace has resulted in a gap in coverage and people becoming uninsured.
The numbers released by the Walker Administration today, as reported by the Associated Press, indicate that of the nearly 63,000 people who were kicked off of their BadgerCare coverage by Governor Walker, as many as 38,000 were not transitioned to the Affordable Care Act Marketplace by the Walker Administration. About 60 percent of the vulnerable Wisconsinites kicked off of BadgerCare remain unaccounted for, despite the Governor's promise.
According to the State Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Walker's plan costs Wisconsin taxpayers $119 million more and covers 85,000 less individuals than if he had accepted the federal investment in BadgerCare through the Affordable Care Act.
"Wisconsin continues to pay a price for Governor Walker's insistence on putting politics ahead of progress. Not only has Walker pursued a fiscally irresponsible plan which covers fewer people at a higher cost to taxpayers, now they have been forced to reveal that his plan has resulted in a gap in coverage and people becoming uninsured. The fact is, the Walker plan kicked nearly 63,000 people in Wisconsin off of their BadgerCare coverage and promised to transition them to the Marketplace. For 38,000 Wisconsinites, Walker did not keep that promise."