An informative discussion from both sides of the issue on WPR: http://wpr.org/wcast/download-mp3-reque ... eID=160680
The numbers of poor people that Walker claims will gain insurance on the exchange under his approach is BS, a lie. We will all see. The exchange was not designed to provide affordable coverage to somebody earning 12K, it was targeted towards individuals making at least twice that.
Walker has found a chink in the Obamacare armor, and is proceeding to sabotage it. In the process, he's also managed to throw tens of thousands off of medicaid. Pretty good trick. We need to start calling the health care for Wisconsin in 2014 WalkerCare.
Health care analysts are beginning weigh-in:
http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_2 ... questioned
Walker's numbers are inflated because poor people near the poverty line won't be able to afford private health insurance that requires individuals to pay for annual deductibles and other cost-sharing expenses, Bob Laszewski, a Washington-based insurance industry consultant, told the Associated Press after reviewing the Republican governor's plan.
"To me this is crazy policy," said Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates and a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
"These exchange plans were never designed for Medicaid-eligible people. They're designed for middle-class people who can afford deductibles and co-pays," he said.