Skip to comments.Wisconsin governor proposes insurance plan to address Obamacare rollout failure
Posted on 11/16/2013 11:07:41 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has vowed to clean up the Obama administrations mess, and he intends to do so without using any additional money from the states general purpose revenue fund.
The Republican governor has called for legislation to extend BadgerCare coverage by three months for close to 80,000 Wisconsin residents while the federal government irons out the kinks that have massively disrupted the Affordable Care Acts online exchange systems.
Approximately 77,000 Wisconsinites were expected to switch from BadgerCare Plus the states version of Medicaid to the new federal insurance plans on Jan. 1, but Walker said the problems that have plagued the exchanges likely will prevent that from happening.
We dont want anyone in this state to fall through the cracks, Walker said Thursday.
Only 877 Wisconsin residents had selected a marketplace insurance plan through the federal online exchange system between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Walker said that failure is precisely why he rejected more than $4 billion in federal funding through 2019 to expand Medicaid coverage in Wisconsin as part of the ACA.
Ive said time and time again, Im not going to jeopardize and put at risk the taxpayers in my state for a federal government that cannot balance its budget, a federal government that continues to grow the national debt, as well as the deficit, and today a federal government that cant even get a basic website up and going theyve known about for several years, Walker said.
Under Walkers proposal, 77,000 citizens would be able to keep their BadgerCare coverage until March 31. After that date, they would be responsible for getting insurance through the federal exchange.
The BadgerCare extension will not require any additional general purpose revenue funds, according to Walker.
The governors 2013-2015 budget already had added approximately $650 million in general purpose revenue for Medicaid. Overall, the total Medicaid budget for the 2013-2015 biennium is about $16.3 billion.
Walker is also asking the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a bill that would extend the states Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan by three months to provide an added safety net during the transition.
The Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan, which covers about 20,000 people, has a considerable surplus to allow the state to continue the program, Walker said.
Attempts to reach the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance to determine the amount of the surplus were unsuccessful.
Both of Walkers initiatives, which are expected to be considered by the Legislature in a special session sometime after Thanksgiving, would not require approval from the federal government, according to Tom Evenson, the governors spokesman.
Walker predicts the legislation will pass with broad bipartisan support.
But some Democratic lawmakers are not as optimistic.
What Governor Walker failed to mention during his press conference (Thursday) is that we wouldnt need to call for a special session if he had not repeatedly refused funding to strengthen BadgerCare and develop a Wisconsin-specific health care exchange, state Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, said in a press release.
Walker is also requesting that the federal government grant the state a waiver that would allow Wisconsinites who qualify for subsidies to be able to use that financial assistance for any qualified health plan, even those outside the exchanges.
Walkers proposal comes on the heels of President Barack Obamas announcement that Americans will now be able to keep their cancelled health insurance policies for a year.
More than 4.8 million Americans had received notices that their preexisting plans were soon to be illegal, according to Forbes.
Insurance companies must also inform consumers of what benefits those plans lack, and of options for better coverage under the new law.
Obamas initiative is extremely similar to the If You Like Your Health Care, You Can Keep It Act, that was already introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Scott Walker extends Badger Care coverage for 3 months to cover subscriber caught in the obamacare mess
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Not being from Wisconsin, that sentence does not mean quite as much to me as it does to you.
Can you fill in any details for the non-Badgers out in FReeperland?
As much as I like and respect Gov. Walker, the fundamental conservative position ought to be that it is NOT the job of government to provide healthcare. This may be a good compromise between ideology and practicality, but the solution to healthcare costs will ultimately come from having LESS government involvement at all levels, not more.
You are correct, but that toothpaste isn't getting put back into the tube...
How many decades has government been in the business of providing healthcare to the elderly and poor ?
Walker is doing the responsible thing by making sure his fellow Wisconsin's are not impacted by the complete and total ineptitude of democrats and "Dear Leader"
Somehow I bet the unions will find Walker is doing something evil...
If Walker can explain and package conservatism in a way that brings the mushy middle to our side, that’s a winning strategy for 2016.
In the short run we need to win in the Senate and strengthen in the House.
Americans like smooth, steady change in the right direction. Get the economy right and change the incentives, move toward a market system incrementally, introduce choice across the board in government programs, get strict on SSI for medical reasons, toss in welfare reform that stops rewarding bad behavior, etc.
Obama lost America right after the big push for Obamacare and Cap/Trade. We don’t need to make the same mistake, too. He was a lame duck in his first term.
Exactly...that's why libtards run commercials showing people like Paul Ryan pushing wheelchair Granny off a cliff...
Reasonable incremental change away from socialist dystopia is not allowed...
Whatever happened to the WI Supreme Court Prosser vs. Bradley “hands around her throat” case?
I can’t remember the specific lies, except that there were many and they were blatent — all aimed at tearing down the sitting, Republican Senator. This happened almost 2 years ago.
There were not enough Supreme Court Justices willing to hear it. They all recused themselves so the whole thing was dropped.
Prosser is this very nice, very mild mannered man. Ann Walsh Bradley is up for re-election this next go-around.
He's taking care of his people in a bad situation. It's what one should expect of a leader. What you seem to be suggesting would be more a Dim trick to maximize pain of your constituents to make a political point. Being bound by what is there already, and having a right-now exigency, he is doing what can be done to protect those the Feds have endangered.