- The Supreme Court ruling allows the federal government to use its taxation powers to buy health insurance but what does this mean for the people of Wisconsin?
Jon Peacock, the research director Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, "We think this decision is great news for Wisconsinites both for the half a million people in this state who are uninsured. But also for those of us who are fortunate of us to have insurance who now can rest easy knowing that knowing we're not going to run into life time limits."
By upholding the Affordable Health Care Act, patients on Medicare, Medicaid and BadgerCare will now have access to more federal funding.
However, the Supreme Court DID strike down a provision which would require states to provide health insurance for adults who do not have children and are under the poverty level.
That decision will affect thousands of adults on BadgerCare.
"We have a little bit of coverage for what's called the BadgerCare Core Plan for childless adults but it only serves 25,000 people in the state and there's a waiting list of 131,000," Peacock said.
It's up to the states to draw up an insurance plan by January 1st 2013 and that may or may not include covering the thousands of adults without children.
Governor Walker released a statement saying he continues to oppose "ObamaCare."
Governor Walker said Thursday, "The majority of the people in this state under the Affordable Health Care Act, the majority of people in Wisconsin will pay more money in the future for less health care service than they have today, from our analysis of last year. We think that’s not good for the majority of the people in the state. We certainly think it’s a concern for small businesses in the state of Wisconsin.”
If Wisconsin lawmakers fail to provide a comprehensive plan by that deadline, the federal government will impose its own plan when the exchanges begin in 2014.