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BadgerCare would become 'public option' under proposed bill

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Wisconsin residents could purchase BadgerCare, the state's Medicaid plan, at full price as a "public option" for health insurance under proposed legislation released Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, and state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee.

The move would help people who have a hard time getting private insurance on the Affordable Care Act's exchange, from which insurers are dropping out, said Citizen Action of Wisconsin, which supports the proposed bill.

Citizen Action and Democrats say President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are sabotaging the exchange. Republicans say the problems stem from former Democratic President Barack Obama's health law.

A BadgerCare buy-in would cost adults $7,224 per year, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

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