Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is doing his level best to pander to the far-right voters who determine many of the Republican primaries in the presidential campaign he so badly wants to win by criticizing states who have expanded their Medicaid programs under Obamacare. Because getting health care apparently kills the American dream.
Walker has recently leveled some criticism at other GOP leaders for accepting Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion, saying they shouldn’t necessarily trust the government to come through with the federal funds to cover the policy. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, Walker was asked whether his position stemmed from an “ideological criticism,” and if he believes the handful of Republican governors implementing this provision of the health law are not “genuine conservatives.”
The governor didn’t explicitly answer that question, pointing out that every state has different needs. But he did offer a broader criticism of the public health program.
“Beyond that, I just ask the basic question: Why is more people on Medicaid a good thing?” he said. “I’d rather find a way, particularly for able-bodied adults without children, I’d like to find a way to get them into the workforce. I think ideologically, that’s a better approach, not just as a conservative, but as an American. Have more people live the American dream if they’re not dependent on the American government.”
Yeah, nothing helps someone “live the American dream” like not being able to treat chronic illnesses, being denied preventative medical care and having to declare bankruptcy to get rid of their medical bills if they are seriously injured or sick. And guess who benefits the most from the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid? The working poor, who have low-paying jobs without health benefits.