Barca, others push for Wisconsin to accept federal money for BadgerCare expansion

2013-01-29T06:47:00Z 2013-12-17T11:41:40Z Barca, others push for Wisconsin to accept federal money for BadgerCare expansionMICHAEL BURKE Journal Times

RACINE — A Burlington area woman and Kenosha man Monday spoke about their lack of health care coverage at a press conference designed to build support for Gov. Scott Walker accepting $12 billion in federal aid over 10 years to expand BadgerCare.

Walker previously said he would not take federal aid available under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The event at the Bray Community Center, 924 Center St., also included Democratic Assembly minority leader state Rep. Peter Barca, was hosted by a group called Wisconsin Jobs Now.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated in a report issued in November that if Wisconsin takes the new Medicaid money, in 10 years an additional 211,000 citizens will be enrolled in BadgerCare — beyond the increase that would occur without the ACA.

“I’m here today as a face of among thousands,” Genevive Klimala, 37, of the Town of Burlington told the roughly 40 people attending at the Bray Center.

Klimala said she previously worked full time while going to school before deciding she couldn’t do both adequately and is now a full-time student seeking a bachelor’s degree in social work. Because she is has no children, BadgerCare, Wisconsin’s version of Medicaid, will not cover her. The Core Plan, for adults with no dependent children, had a waiting list of 149,165 people as of Thursday.

“Where’s the help, however temporary, for those of us who choose not to have children?” Klimala said.

Scott Page of Kenosha said his job and a tool-and-die maker was outsourced about two years ago. Since then he’s been without health insurance, and the only work he’s found has been for temp agencies.

Invariably, Page said, as he approaches 90 days with a company, the point at which he’d be eligible for company-sponsored insurance, “They always seem to end my employment just before that.”

Barca, of Kenosha, whose 64th Assembly district includes part of Mount Pleasant, said he has talked with Walker recently about taking the federal money to expand BadgerCare. He said Walker told him he is “at least open to this. I would say he’s on the bubble.”

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  1. LiberalKim
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    LiberalKim - February 01, 2013 12:52 am

    although I like that you aren't acting all stupid like a lot of others in here that think that its wrong to get free ANYTHING, I think you might've missed the following that is posted right under the pic above the article: "As Republican Gov. Scott Walker weighs accepting $12 billion from the federal government that would guarantee healthcare coverage for low-income adults at no charge to the state, "
    what part of "NO CHARGE TO THE STATE" is unclear to the too proud and stupid to accept help when it is REALLY needed?
  2. Shari
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    Shari - January 30, 2013 9:52 am
    Read the article. The state loses 10 % a year after 3 years. Not just 1 year, each year til it is unfunded by the feds. Then who pays? We do. The states working class. Also who do you think pays the fed money. Does it grow on a liberal money tree?
  3. Blindman
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    Blindman - January 29, 2013 9:51 pm
    Very funny - jrunny
  4. Blindman
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    Blindman - January 29, 2013 9:46 pm
    An American...I knew you would prove my point...The Constitution means nothing to you except for "free speach".
  5. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 29, 2013 9:36 pm
    What.....No Cory Mason? These are his constituents are they not?
  6. ordmm
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    ordmm - January 29, 2013 9:31 pm
    An American...So who or what is it that you have a problem with? The authors of the Constitution, or the Constitution itself. Or both?
  7. jrunny
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    jrunny - January 29, 2013 9:25 pm
    ill just pass that comment on to the RJT leadership. I'm done . Todd Johnson you are a sick person and need to be banned. Dude get help. Anyone else can comment on Todd's post but he is not worth the effert any more.

  8. An American
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    An American - January 29, 2013 8:36 pm
    Well let's see. Amongst other problems, those that wrote the Constitution forgot about women. Some of them had slaves. They had no use for native Americans. Yep, and the list goes on...,..
  9. Blindman
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    Blindman - January 29, 2013 8:24 pm
    Why not just knock the fed gov't down to the size it's supposed to be and get them out of our personal lives?..Oh...That's just radical right wing talk.(According to some people on here,the Constitution was written by a bunch of radical right wingers)
  10. jrunny
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    jrunny - January 29, 2013 7:45 pm
    Arizona Won?t Build Its Own Health Care Exchange

    By: Jon Walker Thursday November 29, 2012 7:09 am submit Like 52

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    In a move that should surprise no one, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) officially wrote the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform them Arizona will not set up its own health care exchange. This means the federal government will instead need to set up an exchange in the state. According to Brewer there is basically no reason for Arizona to waste the time and money setting up a exchange given the level of control the federal government would have over it.

    Again the enjoyment of making un american a dumb fool.
  11. jrunny
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    jrunny - January 29, 2013 7:38 pm
    Most Governors Refuse to Set Up Health Exchanges

    The Obama administration said Friday that more than half the states had rejected its pleas to set up their own health insurance exchanges, dealing a setback to President Obama's hopes that Republicans would join a White House campaign to provide health insurance to all Americans.

    Friday was the deadline for states to notify the federal government of their plans, and administration officials had been hoping that Mr. Obama's re-election would overcome resistance to the new health care law.

    Proud of Governors that gave obamy the big on finger

    Again our local pervert is giving out candy again. Lots of knowledge there ha un
  12. jrunny
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    jrunny - January 29, 2013 6:20 pm
    Obamacare is all on obamy and his troll. And issue please contact your senator Mr oops I mean Miss Baldwin.
  13. CAB
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    CAB - January 29, 2013 5:30 pm
    Why is it that Walker will give a total of $200,000.00 to educate the illegal immigrant but won't help the working people of Wisconsin!!?? I have lived here all of my life and have worked here all my life and if he actually would have the AUDACITY to ask me WHO I would prefer to help....he'd find out that it sure wouldn't be for someone who refuses to even speak the English language!!!
  14. An American
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    An American - January 29, 2013 4:43 pm
    Why are people so opposed to the Greedy Old Plutocrats demands that the sick and elederly just drop dead. Geesh! You didn't see Jesus Christ waisting His time worrying about health care.
  15. An American
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    An American - January 29, 2013 4:15 pm
    You are right on. We the people do not matter to the Koch brothers, who financially created and back ALEC. They even got Robin Vos as one of their representatives, and that in itself ought to show people there is something wrong, big-time, here.
  16. USAGC
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    USAGC - January 29, 2013 2:05 pm
    “They always seem to end my employment just before that.”

  17. ggodmuls
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    ggodmuls - January 29, 2013 12:43 pm
    Here is a suggestion - why doesn't Obama simply offer this care directly to people, and bypass the State. That way, citizens of the State won't be stuck with the future bills when Obama runs out of money.
  18. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:05 am
    Walker won't accept the money because it goes against ALEC's theories and the American's for Prosperity's leadership, not because it's bad for Wisconsin, this is a good thing.
  19. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:04 am
    Huh? lol
  20. I Come In Peace
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    I Come In Peace - January 29, 2013 11:03 am
    You did it for your whole Family? Nope - you didn't.
  21. LoveRacine
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    LoveRacine - January 29, 2013 9:30 am
    Nice rant, but the elections are over. Now give any reason why we should or should not accept the grant that would help hundreds of Wisconsin citizens and keep our population healthy and ready to work.
  22. whatthehay
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    whatthehay - January 29, 2013 9:26 am
    When I was out of work and lost my insurance I went to an insurance company and bought short term coverage. I did not depend on the state to pay my for my insurance.
  23. McGuilicutty
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    McGuilicutty - January 29, 2013 9:11 am
    If Representative Peter Barca is for this, there is a hidden benfit to him and a hidden cost to everyone else. The man is a complete sham and is a lockstep union goon; incapable of independant thought or action. Remember, if he doesn't get his way, he will run away to another state or stamp his feet or throw some other childish temper tantrum. He is not for the people he claims to "represent".
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