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Wisconsin Assembly passes BadgerCare delay

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly voted Wednesday afternoon to wait for three months before dropping state health insurance coverage for almost 100,000 residents.

All 59 Republicans voted for the measure along with five Democrats -- Janet Bewley, Amy Sue Vruwink, Stephen Smith, Janis Ringhand, and Brett Hulsey.

The vote was 64-32 in favor of Governor Scott Walker's legislation to delay the dropping of Badger Care for 77,000 recipients above the poverty line. Those people would not have to buy coverage under the federal Obamacare insurance exchange until March instead of later this month.  

The same is true for 20,000 other Wisconsinites who will lose state-funded coverage when the insurance pool for high risk patients expires March 31st instead of December 31st.  

Democrats objected to the bill, saying it delays the start of BadgerCare for 83,000 childless adults below the poverty line. Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca called that delay "shameful," and said Republicans should take federal Obamacare Medicaid funds to cover the extra three months for those making less than poverty.  

The bill now goes to the Senate.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)