ICMYI: "Pound by pound, Wisconsin's health takes a step backward"

Dec 11, 2013

MADISON – Wisconsin has traditionally been a model for how to provide affordable healthcare to its citizens. Under Scott Walker that reputation has taken a considerable hit. 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Wisconsin dropped from the thirteenth healthiest state in the nation to the twentieth in 2013 according to a state-by-state report produced by the United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. The ranking is Wisconsin’s worst in the twenty-four year history of the study. 

This year’s report found the percentage of the uninsured population increased 15%. Other findings in key areas of health show that 1.3 million adult Wisconsinites suffer from obesity and more than 370,000 adults in the state have diabetes. In addition, 

The study comes just on the heels of Scott Walker’s decision to create an atrocious piecemeal healthcare plan that kicks 77,000 Wisconsinites off their healthcare and falls short of guaranteeing insurance for Wisconsinites who need it the most.

“It’s disappointing to see Wisconsin receive the lowest ranking its ever gotten since this study began in 1990,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate said Thursday. “Quality of life for Wisconsinites continues to take a hit due to Scott Walker’s failed policies, and his disastrous healthcare policy won’t make it any better.”