For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019
Contact: Courtney Beyer, [email protected]
Republicans "Barricading Hospital Doors" By Rejecting Medicaid Expansion
JFC Republicans break campaign promises, starve districts of funding by refusing Medicaid expansion
MADISON -- The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler on Republicans’ rejection of $1.6 billion in federal dollars to expand Medicaid to cover 82,000 more Wisconsinites.
"Republicans are barricading hospital doors by blocking urgently needed health care funds from returning to Wisconsin.
“Republicans are blocking health care access for their own constituents and throwing away hundreds of millions of dollars of investments for their communities. GOP lawmakers are abandoning their own campaign promises by blocking health care accessibility.
“Republicans have made this fiscally irresponsible decision simply to spite Gov. Evers and obstruct his agenda. In doing so they are also punishing the overwhelming majority of Wisconsinites who support expanding Medicaid.
“This fight is far from over. Republicans will continue to hear from Wisconsinites until they do what the people have demanded and expand Medicaid. So long as they continue to undermine the will of the people, they will be met with resounding opposition.”
Wisconsin Democrats will hold a Week of Action from June 8 - 15 to organize volunteers from across the state to knock on doors and make phone calls to pressure Republican legislators to vote to expand Medicaid.