Fri Nov 16, 2012, 08:41 AM
Scuba (50,544 posts)
Scott Walker scuttles his healthcare exchange as it was too likely he'd get caught stealing the $$.
Scooter stopped work on the Wisconsin version of the healthcare exchange that Governor Doyle had begun. His reasoning was that he was sure Obamacare would be ruled unconstitutional. He spent millions of State taxpayer monies suing the feds to try to make that come true. Fail.
After the Supremes OK'd Obamacare, Squat still sat on his hands, because he was sure Romney was going to be elected and Obamacare would be repealed. He spent millions of Wisconsin taxpayer dollars on voter ID and other forms of suppression to try to make that come true. Fail, again.
Faced with a tight deadline, he tried to conjure up a State plan, one that would allow him to steal as much taxpayer money as possible, and no doubt blame some "incompetent state worker" for the losses. Well, he's failed at that too.
The mature, responsible choice would be to proceed with establishing the healthcare exchanges that are required by the federal government. But since it would have been the mature, responsible thing to do, naturally it was immediately rejected by Walker, despite the urging of some of his biggest supporters, including the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce.
Besides the fact that doing something constructive like establishing the exchanges being far above Walker's limited intellectual capacity, Walker wasn't about to establish the exchanges because he is afraid of losing the support of his red-meat, foaming-at-the mouth teahadist base.
Interestingly, it appears that he had a plan to implement a version of the healthcare exchange, but like most things he does, it would have been illegal and he's been slapped around enough by the feds for some of his other idiotic stunts, like trying to put caps on Family Care or privatizing the Income Maintenance Program, the he didn't want to have another one hanging around his neck as he gears up his presidential campaign:
At a meeting of the Republican Governors Association Wednesday in Las Vegas,. Walker said in an interview that he would prefer a state-based exchange program, but that he doubted that the federal government would allow him to shape it as he saw fit
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Scott Walker scuttles his healthcare exchange as it was too likely he'd get caught stealing the $$. (Original post)
Response to Scuba (Original post)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:09 AM
HereSince1628 (34,053 posts)
1. If I understand correctly, Wisconsinite's will get a market organized by the feds
if the state does nothing.
I can see how that could work in the minds of those whose political careers and agendas depend on a base being angry at the feds.
If the exchange works reasonably well, Scott and the Fitzgerald's pay no price. At the same time anything and everything that is disliked about the exchanges is the feds/Obama's fault...and Scott and the Fitzgeralds will collect the political hay.
Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #1)
Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:36 AM
ewagner (17,809 posts)
2. Dennis Smith's hand is at work here...
...his "Wisconsin Plan" had Heritage Foundation written all over it.
Response to Scuba (Original post)
Sat Nov 17, 2012, 10:06 AM
hue (4,941 posts)
3. Wanker has done NOTHING for the state of WI. Actually a big deficit!!
OMG I can't wait any longer for him to be flushed!! His federal "entitlement housing" hopefully will extend much longer than Blagojevich...