Wall Street Journal Editorial Board calls out Evers for his dishonest attacks
August 30, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Tony Evers’ misleading health care ad is getting national attention. The editorial board at The Wall Street Journal weighed in today, highlighting how reforms like those Governor Walker has championed are behind Minnesota’s decrease in premiums – not the federal expansion of Medicaid.
Check out the full piece from the Wall Street Journal here or find excerpts below:
Wisconsin ObamaCare Howlers
The Wall Street Journal
The Editorial Board
August 29, 2018
Part of the fun of running for office appears to be taking creative liberties with your opponent’s record, so get ready for a fiction-filled autumn. An early ObamaCare misdirection out of Wisconsin is one that Republicans nationwide will have to anticipate.
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers is running an ad blaming Governor Scott Walker for high health-care premiums in the Badger State. Mr. Walker’s supposed sin: Not taking the Affordable Care Act’s bribe to expand Medicaid to able-bodied adults up to 138% of the poverty line. “Minnesota’s governor took the funds,” the ad says, and “Wisconsin families now pay nearly 50% more than Minnesotans for the same health care.”
In 2017 a Minnesota benchmark plan ran $412 a month, according to the same Kaiser Family Foundation data Mr. Evers cites. That’s more than the $368 for 2017 in Wisconsin. Premiums in Minnesota ticked down to $385 a month in 2018. That’s in part because the state instituted a “reinsurance” program that defrays the costs of the sickest patients, which can lower premiums for everyone.
Irony alert: This is what Mr. Walker is doing now. Wisconsin won federal approval for a reinsurance program for 2019. The Governor’s office predicts an average 3.5% decrease in premiums next year, and 11% compared to what would have happened without the cash infusion. The relief simply hasn’t hit insurance markets yet.
Then there’s the half-baked claim that Medicaid expansion lowers costs for folks trapped on the ObamaCare exchanges. Minnesota expanded Medicaid in 2013, and premiums for benchmark exchange plans still increased from $182 a month in 2014 to $412 in 2017. Wisconsin covers able-bodied adults up to the poverty line in a partial expansion, and premiums are hardly better in states that expanded fully like Illinois and Iowa.
Mr. Evers isn’t trying to debate the merits of Medicaid expansion so much as claim that somehow he can keep health costs down. He can’t. The deliberate obfuscation is part of the left’s tactic to persuade voters that health care is so complicated that resources must be commanded by government (single payer). The Wisconsin howler is a reminder to think twice before handing one-sixth of the economy over to this crowd.
Read the full story here.