MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he will keep saying no to taking more federal Medicaid dollars to cover any added costs of changing his Obamacare strategy.
Thursday, the Republican Walker asked state lawmakers for a three-month delay in dropping 77,000 BadgerCare recipients with incomes above the poverty line. Those people are supposed to enter the government's health exchange by December 15th -- but Walker says they might not be able to, due to the glitches in exchange's Web site.
Walker says he'll offset the added costs of the delay by waiting three months to add over 80,000 adults in poverty to BadgerCare.
U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin urged Walker to take a temporary increase in Medicaid to cover the costs of the delay.
The governor said the failure of the Obamacare rollout is exactly why he rejected the Medicaid funds in the first place. He said states which are taking the money are counting on the federal government to live up to its commitment, but Washington, "can't even get a Web site up and going."
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his house will most likely approve Walker's extension -- as long as it doesn't run past March 31st.
Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald told the AP he opposes a three-month extension, saying it puts Democrats off the hook. He says he'd rather see month-to-month extensions.