Public Sends Strong Mandate to Take Federal Medicaid Funds for BadgerCare

For Immediate Release--November 5, 2014

Contacts: Robert Kraig (414) 322-5324 robert.kraig@citizenactionwi.org or Kevin Kane (414) 550-8280  kevin.kane@citizenactionwi.org

Public Sends Strong Mandate to Take Federal Medicaid Funds for BadgerCare

Statewide: Tuesday night voters across Wisconsin sent Governor Walker and the new Legislature a strong mandate to take enhanced federal dollars Medicaid dollars to strengthen the state’s BadgerCare program.

The referendums won by landslide margins even in conservative areas of the state that also supported Governor Walker and conservative legislative candidates. Overall 73% of voters supported the measures in the 20 localities it was on the ballot.

BadgerCare

YES Votes

Percent Votes for BadgerCare

Percent Votes for Walker

STATEWIDE

747,031

73%

52.30%

 

 

 

 

Bayfield County

5,747

78%

38.36%

Chippewa County

13,975

61%

53.75%

Clark County

6,036

58%

65.00%

Dane County

195,596

82%

29.23%

Douglas County

11,911

79%

38.12%

Dunn County

7,592

63%

53.04%

Eau Claire County

25,442

64%

48.26%

Florence County

1,232

64%

67.48%

Iron County

1,369

70%

61.06%

Jefferson County

20,473

62%

60.01%

Kenosha, City of

21,722

77%

50.30%*

La Crosse County

32,768

71%

46.11%

Lincoln County

7,576

67%

56.54%

Milwaukee County

241,591

76%

36.10%

Oneida County

11,114

69%

59.05%

Outagamie County

42,231

61%

59.46%

Portage County

20,636

72%

48.30%

Rock County

36,365

65%

42.77%

St Croix County, and

22,479

70%

59.45%

Wood County

21,176

61%

57.31%

* - results not immediately available for City of Kenosha, Kenosha County shown

“That the advisory referendums passed overwhelmingly in both red and blue areas of the state shows once again that access to health care is not a partisan issue,” said Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “This issue is not going away. The BadgerCare referendum results show that the public wants Governor Walker and the new Legislature to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the health care reform law to expand access to affordable health coverage to moderate income families.”

 “Given the number of state waivers won by Republican and Democratic Governors around the country and approved by the federal government over the last year there is no good reason not to come together to strengthen BadgerCare. It is entirely possible for Governor Walker to achieve most of his policy preferences and accept enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare. Last night’s overwhelming mandate for BadgerCare shows that the people of Wisconsin expect nothing less.”

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  • commented 2014-11-05 14:02:42 -0600
    I testified in Chippewa on behalf of this and I’m glad to see these numbers.