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Democrats hold rally in Eau Claire, pushing for BadgerCare expansion

Several area Democrats held a rally today in Chippewa Falls, ahead of Thursday's vote by the...
Several area Democrats held a rally today in Chippewa Falls, ahead of Thursday's vote by the Joint Finance Committee.(WEAU)
Published: May. 5, 2021 at 5:54 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -Democrats in the state legislature are making what they call “one last pitch” for an expansion of the state’s BadgerCare program.

Several area Democrats held a rally Wednesday in Chippewa Falls, ahead of Thursday’s vote by the Joint Finance Committee.

Their target is a decision by Republicans to not make more people eligible for the BadgerCare Plus insurance program.

The governor’s budget proposal would bring in more than $1.6 billion during two years, as federal funds would cover more of the state’s health care costs.

“I hope they’re doing it based on the stories that they’re hearing from their constituents and not some line that was drawn in the sands over the affordable healthcare act years ago - that they’re making a decision what’s before us today, not based on a political football.”

State Senator Kathy Bernier, who currently serves on the JFC, released this response to WEAU on the rally, “I do not support expanding welfare.”

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