You’ll hear me say this often--health care is a right, not a privilege. Every Wisconsin resident should have access to high-quality, affordable health care when they need it. Accepting federal Medicaid expansion will insure 16% (approximately 180,000) more Wisconsinites.
Voters in deep-red Oklahoma go to the polls tomorrow to determine whether or not to accept the federal Medicaid expansion. If passed, this program would insure 200,000 more Oklahoma citizens and also bring federal support for the state’s rural hospitals. Strikingly similar to Wisconsin, thousands of Oklahomans have lost their jobs, and thus their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this is an important step in the right direction in getting their citizens the help they need (and to help fund their struggling rural hospitals).
From the article: “If voters approve a ballot measure on Tuesday, Oklahoma would become the first state to broadly expand government-backed health insurance to many of its poorest residents since the beginning of a pandemic that has stripped many people of coverage.”
Over and over again, our current Representative and his party in the Legislature have denied 180,000 Wisconsin citizens an expansion of Medicaid that would give our hardworking, lower wage workers health insurance and save our taxpayers over $180-million per year. This is not only bad policy to deny health insurance to working people, but it is fiscally irresponsible!
As an aside, if our Republican-led Legislature was serious about helping people afflicted with opioid addiction, they would be fighting to accept the federal Medicaid expansion--it would cover addiction treatment services for our most vulnerable, currently uninsured, citizens.
When I am in office, I will do everything I can to ensure every Wisconsinite has access to high-quality, affordable health care.