“Few simple strokes” of his pen all that’s needed

Madison— It’s still not too late for Governor Scott Walker to fully expand Medicaid in the state budget, say 51 state lawmakers who urged him to use his broad veto power to take advantage of the federally funded health care expansion.  In a letter delivered today to Walker, the lawmakers told him “a few simple strokes of your veto pen” is all it would take to accept the expansion.

“The door is still open for Governor Walker to use the state budget to take this good deal for Wisconsin,” Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) said.  “Fully expanding Medicaid will guarantee more people access to affordable health insurance, bring billions in federal health care dollars back to Wisconsin and create 10,500 jobs.” 

Walker’s plan drops Medicaid coverage for 89,000 parents and rejects $2.4 billion in federal funds that could be used to insure 85,000 more people on the joint federal-state health insurance program.

“We are giving Governor Walker yet another chance to do the right thing for the hard working people of Wisconsin,” Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said.  “There is absolutely no advantage to rejecting this money and giving it to people in other states.”

Richards and Erpenbach are co-authors of the Strengthen BadgerCare Act, legislation that would fully expand Medicaid in Wisconsin.