I'm not sure most people understand what we have lost in WI this year. Badgercare was a wonderfully designed program, a model for the nation, and it just got blown up.
Badgercare was WI's version of medicaid, it gave very inexpensive health care services to families earning < $15k, and families up to $45K could purchase health insurance scaled to their income. (my numbers are very rough.) There are no other states that do this, to my knowledge. Tommy Thompson pushed through a very practical and progressive blueprint for healthcare reform.
BTW, I post sometimes in a very conservative forum. When I explained to those guys that Badgercare required low income families to pay $150/mo in premiums, they thought it sounded like a great program. It struck the perfect balance, placing a doable burden on people, and making health care for all a realistic goal.
Well, Walker had the option to take federal medicaid dollars and strengthen Badgercare, make it work fully as intended without waiting lists. But instead he threw a grenade into it. Badgercare is now just traditional medicaid for the very poorest, it continues in name only.
It's a crying shame, as big of a deal as the blow dealt to unions.