I kind of love this.
Now we all know that there is no love lost between me and Wisconsin Republicans, and I suspect they don’t care much for me either. But this is an issue that concerns me mightily, as my brother has been kicked off BadgerCare and is not yet eligible for MediCare; having been unemployed for some time, everything will be a pre-existing condition when he lands another job.
So Tea-Turdwaffle is playing to the morong base again (still) and saying that Wisconsin will take no steps to enact a state healthcare exchange per the ACA. Claiming Badgercare already does the job (which it obviously doesn’t, see the detail about my brother above; besides, even under the biased internal analysis, it misses 10% of Wisconsinites. For those that actually believe in math, that’s about 600,000 people).
In fact, some of the more vicious Republicans in the State lege want to arrest any Federal officials who try to set up an exchange in the state. Claiming it is unconstitutional. Even John Roberts is saying “dudes, you need to chill.”
I mean, it’s nice to know that so many of our Wisconsin Politicians are so eager to kill off our fellow citizens. Because that will be the demonstrable result of refusing to enact healthcare requirements that have been PROVEN to have beneficial effects on citizens health (helloooo, RomneyCare!)
But here’s the thing. When a state refuses to enact an exchange, the ACA allows the Administration to use a federal exchange to serve the purpose.
Which, as far as I can tell, is pretty much a limited rollout of a Public Option.
Not only is the Federal Exchange more likely to be run competently, but the buying power is accentuated by having a larger pool.
And when the Feds run that one relatively well, like they do with the one that serves Congresspeople, Veterans, or the elderly, more people will want to join on. Plus, your fucking employer doesn’t get to hold the well-being of your family over your head. Although there admittedly may be some more hurdles put in place by non-local administration, I am of the opinion that is the kind of thing that can be ironed out relatively quickly. I also believe that those hurdles are a feature, not a bug, to the turdwipes who oppose trying to increase access to health care in America.
So, you know, well played Turdwaffle! You guys are pushing the nation closer to universal healthcare. Ooops, amirite?
Fuck you, you Republican assholes. My brother, a hardworking guy who is way less liberal than I am, is one of those people you would like to relegate to sickness and death. Go fuck yourselves, you amoral grease stains.