MEMO: Heading Into Final Debate, Walker Still Failing to Find Footing on Health Care

October 26, 2018

Heading into the final debate, Scott Walker is doing everything in his power to rewrite his long record of working to undermine access to health care for Wisconsin families. Unfortunately for Walker, he’s become the face of Republican efforts to undermine pre-existing condition protections. Voters are well aware of the many ways he has put their health care at risk —despite him telling people not to be “distracted” by the issue.

Just in the past week:

  • Walker was caught saying that suing to end protections for pre-existing conditions is “the right thing.” He also vowed to “never retreat” from his crusade to end the Affordable Care Act and its protections for 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions
  • On Monday, the Trump Administration announced it would allow the expanded sale of health plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions. Scott Walker has yet to say whether he would allow these types of shoddy plans to be sold in Wisconsin, even though he’s considered it before.
  • Tony Evers announced that his first act in office would be withdrawing the state from the lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act and its protections for the 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions—something Walker has repeatedly refused to do but is supported by a vast majority of Wisconsin voters.

  • A new report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found that Walker’s failure to expand BadgerCare has cost the state of Wisconsin $1.1 billion in federal funding. Yes, you read that right. Walker left over a billion dollars for health care on the table just to appease his partisan backers and position himself for a Presidential run. The report indicated, “One billion dollars is roughly what the state budget allocates each year to the University of Wisconsin System. It is roughly the cost of linking the Marquette and Zoo Interchanges.”

  • A separate report from the Center for American Progress found that not only has Walker’s refusal to expand BadgerCare cost money, but it will cost lives as well. According to the report, 342 additional Wisconsinite’s lives would be saved each year if Medicaid were expanded in the state. In particular, the experts found that lives would be saved through reductions in infant mortality, earlier cancer diagnoses, and access to treatment for opioid addiction.

So if the past week is any indication, tonight’s debate will be a rough one for Governor Walker. Health care is on the ballot, and no amount of tired lies and spin can change the fact that voters do not trust Scott Walker to protect their care.

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