Shame on You, Governor Walker

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Gov. Scott Walker has called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act and rolling back Medicaid, and today he’s arguing that this disastrous bill–that would leave Wisconsin residents paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, and gift tax breaks to the wealthiest few–doesn’t go far enough.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new TrumpCare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

  • State waivers could lead to fewer providers accepting Medicaid patients, patients forgoing care that is not covered, or loss of access to Medicaid coverage altogether. “If states reduced payment rates, fewer providers might be willing to accept Medicaid patients, especially given that, in many cases, Medicaid’s rates are already significantly below those of Medicare or private insurance for some of the same services… If states reduced covered services, some enrollees might decide either to pay out of pocket or to forgo those services entirely. And if states narrowed their categories of eligibility or used administrative procedures that made it more difficult to enroll, some enrollees would lose access to Medicaid coverage, although some would become eligible for subsidies for nongroup coverage through the marketplaces or could choose to enroll in employment-based insurance, if it was available.” [CBO]

Medicaid Cuts: The bill would slash funding for Medicaid.

  • More than 1 million Wisconsin residents rely on Medicaid and CHIP.  [Medicaid.gov]

  • The Senate bill defunds Planned Parenthood, limiting 15% of their patients’ access to health care under the Medicaid program.  [CBO]

Cuts to Fighting Opioid Epidemic: The Senate bill would strip away Medicaid funding that [state] relies on to fight the growing Opioid epidemic.

  • More than 600 people died from opioid overdoses in Wisconsin in 2015. [Kaiser Family Foundation]

  • Opioid Deaths in Wisconsin nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015. [Wisconsin Department of Health Services, January 2017]

Tax Cuts for the Rich: The bill will give a tax break to the wealthy.

  • The bill “would repeal an array of taxes that have helped to pay for the ACA’s benefits, including levies on health insurers and on wealthy Americans’ investment income.” [Washington Post, 6/26/2017]

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“We’ve seen the pain Gov. Walker has inflicted on Wisconsin families in the past, so we’re not surprised that he doesn’t think this cruel bill that could jeopardize the health care coverage of over a third of Wisconsin’s children and give handouts to the rich goes far enough. Shame on you, Gov. Walker, for yet again refusing to stand up for Wisconsin families.”