"Only" 22,000 Kicked Off, Scott Walker's Deepest Cuts to BadgerCare Thwarted

Mar 14, 2012

Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following news that Scott Walker was forced to roll back his deepest cuts to BadgerCare after the Obama administration opposed plans that would have cut almost 30,000 children from the program for working families.

“Scott Walker has given $2.6 billion in tax giveaways to the super-rich and out-of-state corporations and to pay for it, he has attacked the BadgerCare program on which hundreds of thousands of working Wisconsinites rely. Virtually everyone will see lowered benefits, but Walker was hell-bent on kicking some 30,000 children off the program in time for Christmas. Now, “only” 22,000 will be cut off the vital program so that Walker’s corporate donors see a little bit more in profit, without creating jobs.

Budgets are about priorities and it is clear in his attack on BadgerCare that Walker would rather side with a C.E.O. than a sick child from a working family.”