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John Eyster
Sunday, February 24, 2013


A very significant AWAKENING took place last Wednesday (2/20) when FL Governor Rick SCOTT endorsed the Medicaid expansion of President Obama’s healthcare law. The Hill’s “Healthwatch” asserts that was a “political coup” for The White House. NOW, I wonder whether or not our WI Governor SCOTT Walker will AWAKEN. What do YOU think?

I continue to be shocked at the manipulations of our WI SCOTT as he plays the “SHELL GAME” with the HOPE that WE THE PEOPLE of WI will be fooled and he will be re-elected in November 2014. I HOPE NOT! What do YOU hope?

Among the dysfunctional manipulations is our WI SCOTT’s refusal to take advantage of the FULL BENEFITS of the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) which our US Supreme Court has made THE LAW OF THE LAND. I understand that expansion of Medicaid was left to each state to decide by the Supreme Court.

And now, we watch GOP Governor after GOP Governor realize the benefits for the PEOPLE of her/his state… Rick SCOTT was the seventh GOP governor to accept the Medicaid expansion. Other high-profile members of that group include Arizona's Jan Brewer, Ohio's John Kasich and Michigan's Rick Snyder. What about Wisconsin’s SCOTT Walker?

I hope our WI SCOTT will read the full report as to how the FL SCOTT dissected the AHCA so that he would maintain future flexibility for FL. I note he is arguing that IF the federal government does NOT fulfill its commitment to FUND MEDICARE EXPANSION then FL should withdraw after the 3 years of 100% funding. He knows this would be VERY difficult, but for NOW it is an immediate rationale. What about this tactic WI SCOTT?

I urge you to read the whole Healthwatch blog post by Sam Baker last Wednesday, 2/20, “Florida governor backs Medicaid expansion under ‘ObamaCare’.”

The blog reports, “Roughly 1 million Floridians will have access to healthcare coverage if the state legislature approves Scott's plan. He said he would only support the expansion for three years, and would back out if the federal government backs away from its funding commitments.”

I wonder how our WI SCOTT would respond to the FL SCOTT’s assertion, "While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care.” What do YOU think?

I also read Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear’s feature article published in the New York Times last Thursday (2/21) and encourage you to read this article too. You can use this link to that article, “Governors Fall Away in G.O.P. Fight Against More Medicaid.”

This article asserts, “Under pressure from the health care industry and consumer advocates, seven Republican governors are cautiously moving to expand Medicaid, giving an unexpected boost to President Obama’s plan to insure some 30 million more Americans.”

Goodnough and Pear continue, “In Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott reversed his position and on Wednesday announced his support for expanding Medicaid, proponents say that doing so will not only save lives, but also create jobs and stimulate the economy. Similar arguments have swayed the Republican governors of Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio, who in recent months have announced their intention to expand Medicaid.” Where is the GOP Governor of WISCONSIN?

I was interseted that the article cited Gov. Nikki R. Haley of SC and Gov. Rick Perry of TX. There is no mention of Gov. Scott Walker of WI. Do we BADGERS not count?!

I was very glad to read in this report, “Religious leaders have added a moral dimension to the campaign in some states. The Roman Catholic bishops of Salt Lake City and Little Rock, Ark., for example, have urged state officials to expand Medicaid.” I do NOT understand how any “Christian” would be able to avoid the MORAL DIMENSION of providing health care. Do YOU?

FINALLY, I found reference to WI! The article reports, “Every few days, state hospital associations and advocates for poor people issue reports asserting that the economic benefits of expanding Medicaid would outweigh the costs. In recent weeks, such reports have been issued in Idaho, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. The existence of such a report was a decisive factor in Ohio, where Gov. John R. Kasich decided to embrace an expansion after months of lobbying by coalitions of churches, hospitals, business groups and others.” What about WISCONSIN?

WHY do WE THE PEOPLE of WI NOT deserve the expansion of Medicaid for the benefit of our fellow BADGERS? IF the FL SCOTT believes that the PEOPLE of FL deserve the expansion, why does our WI SCOTT not believe that the PEOPLE of WI deserve the expansion? What does our WI SCOTT say?

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:24 am Monday, April 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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