To the Editor:
What has happened to the 62,776 people who were kicked off BadgerCare because of Walker’s “re-structuring” – even $1 above the Federal Poverty Level and they are on their own?
How many have obtained insurance coverage through the private insurance industry on the Federal Insurance Exchange or how many have re-joined the ranks of the uninsured and are forced to use emergency room care when the evitable health crisis arises, resulting in rises costs for the rest of us?
Can some of these 62,776 Wisconsinites be “too rich in Walker’s world” but “too poor in reality” afford the out-of-pocket costs for co-pays and deductibles charged by the private insurance companies?
Many letter writers insist that private business is so much better at managing money and resources so those co-pays and deductibles must be lower? Other letter writers say that someone willing to work full time at minimum wage ought to be paying his or her own way instead of being on the dole or lining up at the public trough. A 40 hour-per-week at minimum wage of $7.25 grosses $13,920 annually, and that’s a big $2,250 above the Federal Poverty Level cut-off of $11,670 per year. Smart budgeting and corner-cutting can swing that – no problem, right?
Governor Walker has had no real experience in the business money world and ignores common sense in managing government money. Governor Walker could have expanded Medicaid coverage with 100 percent federal dollars at no cost to Wisconsin citizens. Yet, Governor Walker, unlike a majority of governors, veered off into his familiar political world of “look-at-me-the-tough-decision-maker” and added $100 million to the next two-year budget only to cover fewer people.
Mary Burke has real business sense and it’s time we had a Governor like that instead of a career politician always looking ahead to the next office a level up.
Kay L. Hoff