No surprise here. But you should all know that we definitely won the message war today and our side of this critical issue definitely prevailed despite the vote. Be sure to stay tuned for links to all the great media coverage of our press event and the public hearing today. Thanks. Sara
The Joint Finance Committee passed the remainder of the DHS Medicaid savings proposals on an 11-4 party-line vote.
Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, was absent.
Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, said Republicans have attempted to blame the state’s less fortunate for not being able to afford health coverage, taking issue with GOP arguments that the current MA program isn’t sustainable.
“It is not sustainable to have a society where our most vulnerable citizens -- who are working -- are going to lack the ability to afford health care,” Jauch said.
“To approve a waiver today that is going to target 29,000 children … what are we doing here?” asked Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine.
Co-chair Robin Vos, R-Rochester, responded that Dems’ previous budget had also reduced MA spending, but that the cuts was eventually enacted without legislative oversight or public input.
He maintained that the proposal maintains a safety net for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable.
“Some people believe that social justice is achieved by having the government give more,” Vos said. “I understand that, and that is a philosophy with which I just disagree.”