Assembly Republicans shoot down Dem budget amendment to expand Medicaid

The state Assembly this afternoon kicked off debate on the state budget by shooting down a Dem amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
The amendment, which mirrored the proposal Gov. Tony Evers put in his budget, was tabled 60-36 along party lines.
Evers sought various ways to pressure Republicans to accept the federal money to add 90,000 Wisconsinites to Medicaid, a program for the state’s working poor, children, elderly, those with disabilities and pregnant women. Some 1.4 million Wisconsinites are now covered.
The move would’ve resulted in $1.4 billion in additional fede...

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