Rallying for Medicaid
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GREEN BAY, WI--A healthcare rally in Green Bay, protesting Governor Walker's Medicaid plan. Protestors hoping the governor will change his mind and accept federal money to expand Badgercare.
The governor says his plan will cut in half the number of uninsured childless adults in Wisconsin but people on the Badgercare waiting list worry there's no end in sight.
In a final push Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen and other opponents to Governor Walker's decision to refuse federal tax money for medicaid expansion rally in the Brown County courthouse.
"That money will go elsewhere and that is yours and mine," said Hansen.
Nevin Graves is one of them. He's on the Badgercare waiting list. Graves says he's afraid to go to the emergency room when he struggles with health issues from a car crash.
"I had this horrible fever, my leg was just. I was in so much pain that night" said Graves.
But Governor Walker says his plan will insure 224,000 childless adults. To be eligible they must be at the poverty level. Others will buy subsidized healthcare through the exchanges.
"I want to have fewer people in this state who are uninsured, but along with that I would like to have fewer people in this state dependent on the government" said Walker.
The governor says the exchanges give more options for control.
"The more latitude they have over what happens in their lives and the lives of their families" said Walker.
For people like Nevin, it's a waiting game to see if that plan passes.
The govenor will unveil his budget Wednesday at 7 PM.