I don’t think the measure of success in government is how many people
are dependent on the government. Well in our case, I don’t think the
measure of success in government is how many people are dependent
on the government. I want people to no longer be dependent, because
we empower them to get good jobs, family support and careers in the
private sector, and that’s part of our philosophy.
Governor Walker not only turned down those federal dollars, but he also deferred to a federal exchange to run Obamacare, instead of set up a state exchange. He said:
We did something unique. We didn’t do what other states did by just
not taking the Medicaid expansion. We didn’t take the challenges that
come with the Medicaid expansion and putting our taxpayers at risk.
Pointing out that Wisconsin’s previous Governor--a Democrat--“had people on a waiting list living in poverty for health care,” for the first time in Wisconsin's history, Walker's administration has covered everyone living in poverty under Medicaid and everyone above poverty has been covered by being transitioned into the marketplace.
What that means in real numbers is that 224k more citizens of Wisconsin have healthcare insurance than before but, Walker said:
...we don’t put the taxpayers at risk. I think that’s a win. I think that’s
what people are looking for out of Republicans or Democrats is leaders
who find a unique way to reform things.
But, why turn down Uncle Sugar?
Walker said: “Because I love the taxpayers. I don’t want to put them at risk.”
Governor Walker's appearance on Fox News Sunday provides all the evidence that's needed to fuel speculation that he's testing the waters to run for President in 2016. And, let's hope he does! He'd make a great candidate...and drive the union leaders crazy along the way.
Keep your eye on him. Governor Walker doesn't promise "Hope and Change." No, he has delivered it to Wisconsin's citizens.
Let the discussion begin...