Medicaid & BadgerCare Category Archive


  • In First Year As Governor, Walker Admin Proposed Sharply Raising Premiums for State Health Programs & Force Others to Lower Cost or Private Plans

    To fill a half-billion dollar budget hole in state health programs, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration wants to raise premiums sharply for some families and shift hundreds of thousands of residents to lower-cost...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/30/2011
  • Changes to the Undocumented Student Status Occurred As Part of Walker’s 2011-13 Wisconsin State Budget

    The Republican-crafted spending plan reshapes all corners of Wisconsin life, from how much Medicaid will cost to auto title loans to honoring former President Ronald Reagan to even drinking alcohol at the...

    Associated Press, 07/01/2011
  • Walker Cut $500 Million From Medical Assistance Programs

    On June 26, 2011, Walker signed the budget, which contained his proposal to cut $500 million from Medical Assistance programs. The proposal does not exclude any specific groups from receiving the program...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • State Capitol ‘Run Against Walker’ to Focus on Walker, GOP Attacks on Health Care, Middle Class to Pay for $600 Million Corporate Tax Cuts

    MADISON, Wis. — Massive attacks against health care, education and middle class priorities launched by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican legislative majority are the focus of a “Run Against Walker,” scheduled...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/06/2011
  • WISTAX Says $1B Education Cut, 70K Off BadgerCare Is ‘Fiscally Mature’

    It’s the same old story with Todd Berry and the conservative, pro-corporate Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. Their biased view says there’s only money available in the treasury for corporate tax cuts - everything else is second-tier.

    Scot Ross, 05/11/2011
  • Gov. Walker Incentivizes the Poor to Just Die Already

    Bring out your dead! Sure, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget that would end drug coverage for low-income seniors and hand over oversight of and cut funding for our state’€™s...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/16/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Promises to Cut BadgerCare, Increase Class Sizes; Hundreds Demand M&I Bank Repay Taxpayer Money Now

    MADISON, Wis. — When M&I Bank gladly took $1.7 billion in taxpayer TARP dollars two years ago, it was supposed to use the money to help get the state’s economy back on...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/14/2011
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Walker, Republican Legislature’s ‘War on Working Wisconsin’

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the desperate actions by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled state legislature to use the government to...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/09/2011
  • Sheila Cochran: ‘Not a Budget — A Massacre’

    Sheila Cochran, Secretary/Treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, has written the definitive analysis of Scott Walker’s plans to dismantle Wisconsin and the infrastructure that makes Wisconsin the best place in an...

    Scot Ross, 03/07/2011
  • Walker’s First Budget Made Cuts to Medicaid

    “About 55,000 people could lose their health insurance under the state’s BadgerCare program, under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan released Tuesday. Walker’s budget also would shrink aid to Wisconsin Works participants and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/01/2011
  • Walker Proposed Taking Away Most Legislative Oversight of BadgerCare; Turning Decision-making Over to DHS Secretary

    Appleton Post Crescent Editorial: Prescription for trouble / Agency would make decisions on medical assistance: Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill has another provision that can have a huge impact on people...

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 02/24/2011
  • Walker Rapid Response Part 3: Attacking Health Care Access

    Walker Rhetoric: “It’s about Wisconsin families trying to make ends meet and help their children.” Reality: “Walker’s Department of Health Services could unilaterally change state laws dealing with the programs, which affect...

    Scot Ross, 02/21/2011
  • Over 16,000 Sign Petition to Senate, Assembly Opposing Governor’s Takeaway of Workers’ Rights

    MADISON, Wis. — Members of the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate will be flooded with over 16,000 petitions signed by Wisconsinites united against Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to use the government to...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/16/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Scheme: Undemocratic, Unbalanced, Potentially Unconstitutional

    Gov. Scott Walker’s scheme to allow the government to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers is part of an unbalanced and potentially unconstitutional proposal that would add at least $30 million to the state’s credit card and allow the Governor’s health agency director to slash health care access and raise costs without the approval of the legislature.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/14/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Scheme: Undemocratic, Unbalanced, Potentially Unconstitutional

    See OWN’s full release here. Walker campaigned on cutting state spending on BadgerCare, he hired a budget director who has advocated states should opt out of the federal Medicaid program, and now...

    Anna Landmark, 02/14/2011
  • Walker Likely to Propose Medicaid Changes in State of the State Speech

    “That Gov. Walker’s new secretary in charge of these programs has both advocated for states ‘dropping out’ from federal Medicaid assistance and has not made a commitment to keeping SeniorCare is enormously...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/31/2011
  • Walker’s Job One: Cutting BadgerCare

    Just a day after announcing a $40 million tax cut to businesses without any requirement to create jobs, Walker, along with other Republican governors, is pressing the Obama administration to allow him...

    Anna Landmark, 01/06/2011
  • Wisconsin GOP Says BadgerCare a Fraud, Evidence Says Opposite

    Wisconsin’s GOP is hell-bent on giving tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires, and that means the budget deficit is going to grow — to the tune of $5 billion in fact. Ergo,...

    Cody Oliphant, 12/02/2010
  • GOP Legislative Committees Revealed

    The interwebs reports that income state Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald is circulating memos to his fellow Republicans to solicit their ideas on senate committees for the upcoming legislative session. Given the...

    Scot Ross, 11/18/2010
  • Republican Party of Wisconsin Running From Own Platform, Support for Social Security Privatization

    The RPW’s frivolous complaint to the GAB regarding its legislative candidates’ support for the Social Security privatization scheme, belies the RPW’s own state platform.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/25/2010
  • OWN Joke: What’s the Difference Between Rebecca Kleefisch and Sarah Palin?

    A: One has government health care and the other one had guts enough to debate her Democratic opponent. From WISC-TV Friday, answering the reporter’s question about the hypocrisy of her criticizing “government-run”...

    Scot Ross, 10/22/2010
  • Will Walker Answer Three Simple Questions at Tonight’s Debate?

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has yet to state publicly what cuts he would make, though his campaign says he will in the coming weeks.” [Appleton Post-Crescent, 6/13/10] MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/14/2010
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on Walker-Kleefisch Attack on Health Care Access

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rebecca Kleefisch and Scott Walker’s unseemly television ad criticizing access to affordable health care. In the ad...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/12/2010
  • Walker Latest “plan” — Biggest Corporate Tax Loophole in History? Or Just Another Gimmick?

    With failed Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, you just never know what it’s gonna be. Will his latest idea be a gigantic giveaway to corporation at the expense of Wisconsin’s working families?...

    Robert Doeckel, 10/06/2010
  • Walker’s Promises More Than Double State Deficit

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has promised an impossible $3.8 billion in tax breaks, loopholes and shifts he has no way to pay for, a new analysis by One...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/30/2010
  • The Fact Check on Scott Walker’s Plan to Cut 350,000 From BadgerCare — It’s Actually 400,000

    Scott Walker spent nearly a year trying to win the Republican gubernatorial primary by traveling around the state calling for time limits for BadgerCare so he could help finance his $3 billion...

    Scot Ross, 09/24/2010
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight’s Debate

    One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for County Executive Walker to answer about his tax cut plan for the rich and big business.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/23/2010
  • Walker Tries to Hide Support for BadgerCare Time Limits

    For a year, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has repeatedly and specifically called for time limits for the state’s BadgerCare health care program to provide coverage to working families.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/26/2010
  • Walker Returns to Marquette University, Gets Another Incomplete

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, who left Marquette University without a degree for reasons yet to be revealed, returned to his almost-mater and the results seem to be the same as when...

    Scot Ross, 08/24/2010
  • Five Questions for Scott Walker on His ‘County’ Motorcycle Tour

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is traveling across Wisconsin this week and will likely be talking with media about his priorities and the state of Wisconsin. With Wisconsin and the nation still...

    Scot Ross, 05/16/2010
  • Scott Walker Flip Flops on Immigration; Remains Firm in Refusal to Explain How to Pay for $2 Billion Tax Giveaway to Rich, Big Business

    Scott Walker's pandering flip flop on the racist Arizona immigration law has One Wisconsin Now asking whether a similar strategy could get him to answer the question he has refused to answer.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2010
  • Neumann Finds Ally in Gard for Irresponsible Tax Cuts Paid for By Health Care Cuts

    MADISON, Wis. — Former GOP Madison U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann has found a willing advocate in former divisive GOP Madison Assembly Speaker and twice-failed congressional candidate, John Gard, for his irresponsible tax...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/11/2010
  • Walker to Pay for Part of $2 Billion Tax Cut Plan for Rich, Big Business By Cutting Seniors, Family From Health Care Coverage

    [Walker] said he was studying whether the state should change eligibility standards for the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/12/2010
  • Scott Walker Answers OWN’s Five Questions

    April Fool’s. He hasn’t. Since we were previously denied access to one of Scott Walker’€™s recycled ‘€œBrown Bag’€ campaign gimmick stops, we have been trying to get him to answer five questions...

    Scot Ross, 03/31/2010
  • Serious Questions Go Unanswered by Scott Walker

    Yesterday we were denied access to one of Scott Walker’€™s recycled ‘€œBrown Bag’€ campaign gimmick stops in Fitchburg. We had just a handful of questions we were hoping Walker could answer for...

    Cody Oliphant, 03/23/2010
  • Some Questions for Our Friend Scott

    When Steve Walters was reporting for the Journal Sentinel’s Madison bureau, a lot of Democrats thought he just put Tommy Thompson’s news releases — or Jim Klauser’s memos — right in the...

    Bill Christofferson, 03/08/2010
  • CEOs Put Down the Champagne and Caviar to Cheer Walker’s Corporate Welfare Plan

    If theres one thing new Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce board chair Tom Howatt and his corporate cronies at WMC enjoy more than anything, its a big ole handout from the government. Take...

    Robert Doeckel, 02/22/2010
  • Will $2 Billion Buy Walker a Standing Ovation From WMC?

    MADISON, Wis. — At Tuesday’s Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce lobbying luncheon Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker will likely find support from the corporate lobby for his $2-billion, budget-busting, deficit-doubling plan for tax...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/22/2010
  • Walker Takes $120,000 From Health Industry, Opposes End to Health Insurance Stranglehold

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has strongly opposed measures to provide more Wisconsin children, pregnant mothers and uninsured adults have affordable health care, at the same time taking more...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/03/2010
  • Walker’s Plan for State’s $2 Billion Deficit: ‘Let’s Make It $4 Billion’

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker wants to double Wisconsin’s projected $2-billion state budget deficit with a series of tax breaks that mostly benefit corporations and high-income people. The Legislative...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/25/2010
  • Why Would Walker Want to End Children’s BadgerCare Safety Net?

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s recent call for limits on critical BadgerCare health benefits for low-income or displaced workers and repeated criticism of state spending raises concerns he may...

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/01/2009
  • WPRI Opposes Public Option for Health Insurance Reform, Supports Public Option for Its Polling

    Using typical back-of-the-envelope, context-free math, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute’€™s is claiming that since the cost of the extraordinarily successful bipartisan BadgerCare program has increased since it was created, that we shouldn’€™t...

    Scot Ross, 09/28/2009
  • What the WI Hospital Association Wants You to Think

    The Wisconsin Hospital Association is misleading Wisconsin residents concerned about real health insurance reform with some recent ads. It wants you to think happy thoughts about the state of health insurance in...

    Cody Oliphant, 09/10/2009
  • Don’t Like a Public Option? What’s Your Solution Then?

    Two poignant facts in a recent State Journal article: 1.) For the first time, enrollment in Medicaid, the state’€™s health insurance plan for the poor, has exceeded 1 million people. 2.) Medicaid,...

    Anna Landmark, 07/14/2009
  • Vos Continues to Be Treated As Equal Without Requiring Him to Detail Deficit Plan

    I get the need to ask both sides about the budget. But why does the state GOP’s abrasively-nasal budget face get to dole out criticism without once having to detail the alternative...

    Scot Ross, 05/07/2009
  • Smoke Signals From Wispolitics?

    Ironically, I finished reading the Wispolitics.com weekly report today at 4:20, because a couple of the items led me to believe something wafting in the air over there is contributing to the...

    Scot Ross, 02/05/2009
  • With Advisors Like These…

    George Lightbourn is the former budget advisor for Governor Scott McCallum. Now he is a glorified shill for corporate interests at the right wing Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Thursday corporate interests attacked...

    Cory Liebmann, 06/19/2008
  • Legies to Close Wal-Mart Loophole

    The State Senate took the lead today to end the loophole that lets Wal-Mart and other big corporations evade $15 million annually by exploiting the state tax law (and the taxpayers). Under...

    Scot Ross, 05/12/2008