Wisconsin would cut more people from Medicaid than any other state as part of a plan advanced by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to an independent analysis of data by Kaiser Health News.Obviously, it's because he cares too much.
About 92,000 Wisconsin citizens, including 87,000 parents and caretaker relatives, and 5,000 childless adults with incomes above the federal poverty level, would lose the Medicaid coverage they previously had as a result of a waiver. Those people would be sent to the online insurance marketplace.
At the same time, the state is planning to add 100,000 Wisconsin childless adults with incomes below the poverty level to Medicaid.
Wisconsin is one of only four states that will reduce their Medicaid eligibility, according to the report. The other three, and the number of people who will lose coverage, will include: Maine, 35,000; Vermont, 19,000 and Rhode Island, 6,700. Kaiser Health News collected enrollment data from the four states. The changes they plan still need federal approval, which is expected.
Millions of adults nationwide will gain Medicaid coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act.
However, Walker rejected millions in federal funding to expand Medicaid for three years in the state, according to the State Legislature's nonpartisan Fiscal Bureau.
And to think, Walker actually believes that cutting more people off of Medicaid than all the other states combined will get him to the White House.
Or maybe he is just trying to outdo Michele Bachmann for the most psychotic of them all.