Today the Appleton Post Crescent has an excellent editorial asking the important question, what happened to those who lost BadgerCare? The paper concludes that Gov. Walker's Medicaid plan failed at it's primary mission, providing people with vital healthcare coverage:
"The governor contended his plan would work because those dropped from BadgerCare coverage would be able to pick up insurance from the new federal exchange. The state said 90 percent of those people would do so.
But the numbers released by the state Department of Health Services last week didn’t bear that out."
In addition to asking about what happened to the 38,000 people who didn't access exchange coverage, the paper points out that Walker's failed plan will cost us all more money:
"The fear of state hospitals was that more uninsured people would result in more uncompensated care. They would have to absorb the costs of that care or pass them on to insured consumers. The Legislature tried to appease hospitals by including an extra $73.5 million in the current two-year budget to compensate them, but does it cover the costs? One way or another, we’re paying for it.
County officials also expressed concern because counties have to pay health care costs of uninsured people who come to emergency rooms with a medical crisis."
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