For those who depend on Medicaid, proposed federal caps instill fear


Born with a rare condition, six-year-old Aaron Christensen’s family is extremely anxious about plans to cap what the government spends on Medicaid in the future. “It’s putting our most vulnerable people at risk,” said Aaron’s mom, Sara, who lives in Fond du Lac. “And for whatever reason in our society, we’ve decided that’s OK.”> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sen. Johnson holding telephone town hall today at 5:30


In light of his stated desire to gain constituent input before supporting the Senate health care bill, Sen. Ron Johnson this weekend scheduled a telephone town hall, to be held today at 5:30 p.m. All Wisconsinites are invited, but anyone interested in listening in or asking questions needs to sign up here.

Walker backs Johnson’s opposition to GOP health bill


Gov. Walker says he supports Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to the Senate health care bill at this point. Walker told reporters he hopes the bill can be changed to help protect the system in place in Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Disability rights advocate: Medicaid cuts would bring deep hurt in Wisconsin


The Senate’s health care plan would cut Medicaid over a longer timeline than the House bill, but the cuts would be deeper because the bill changes the program’s funding formula. Both plans would cap how much the feds will pay, sticking each state with deciding what cruel actions to take in response. > The Cap Times

In health care debate, lawmakers hear constituents’ stories of survival, fears for loved ones


Deb Notstad’s 26-year-old son is physically and developmentally disabled and suffers frequent seizures, and what she told Paul Ryan amounts to this: The U.S. health care debate is more than a fight between Republicans and Democrats, or a question of who wins or loses. “This,” Notstad said, “is about survival.” > Wisconsin State Journal

Senate health care bill both better and worse for Wisconsin than House bill


The Senate bill to undo much of Barack Obama’s health care law is better for Wisconsin than the House bill in some ways, health care experts said, but is worse in other ways, particularly with Medicaid funding. > Wisconsin State Journal

Records show minuscule registered support for Walker’s drug testing plan

0.5 percent

An Associated Press review has found that Gov. Walker’s proposal to drug-test Medicaid recipients and increase premiums on poor people drew five fully positive comments out of more than 1,000 submitted by the public, with one of the five coming from his own lieutenant governor. > AP News / Beloit Daily News