Governor Scott Walker giveth, and Governor Scott Walker taketh away.
A few days after a praiseworthy investment in mental health care for Wisconsin citizens, Walker rejected a voluntary Medicaid expansion for 175-thousand childless adults that would be paid for – for now – by the federal government.
While the benefits of the Medicaid plan far outweighed the risks involved, we do acknowledge those risks. Of course there are risks. This nation is in the middle of the biggest health care reform effort in our lifetime. There will be problems and those problems will need to be fixed. But to use potential problems as an excuse for keeping tens of thousand of Wisconsin citizens with insufficient coverage, when a new program would provide and pay for that coverage leaves only one conclusion. Governor Walker is more interested in political ideology than the welfare of Wisconsin citizens. And this state continues to fall further and further behind.