Mayor Barrett says Wisconsin on $700M hook after Walker rejected federal ACA funding


Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the state is on the hook for nearly $700 million after Gov. Scott Walker rejected federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, and in a press conference Wednesday, he called on the Governor and state legislators to reverse their position and start accepting those federal dollars. > FOX6

With failure of ObamaCare repeal, Rep. Kind calls on Walker to expand Medicaid

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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind sent Gov. Walker a letter Tuesday, writing that the failure by Republicans to repeal ObamaCare signals that “the time for partisan attacks on the law has passed. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.” Without Medicaid expansion, Kind warned taxpayers could lose out on almost $1 billion in savings. > The Hill

Baldwin among those introducing ‘Medicare at 55’

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While Republicans try to find ways to keep people off Medicaid, Sen. Tammy Baldwin is among a group of Democrats who’ve introduced the “Medicare at 55 Act.” It’s not a new idea, and it obviously can’t pass with this Congress or president. But it demonstrates an approach mainstream Dems will be taking in the near future. > Washington Post

Walker among clutch of GOP governors moving to cut Medicaid


Republican governors are working with the Trump administration to do something Congress couldn’t accomplish: fundamentally alter their state Medicaid programs. At least six states with GOP governors— Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Maine, Wisconsin and Indiana — have already drafted plans meant to introduce new rules people would have to meet to be eligible for Medicaid. > The Hill

Ron Johnson: Medicaid expansion may be fueling opioid crisis


Sen. Johnson charged Thursday that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare is fueling the opioid crisis in America. In a letter sent Thursday to Health & Human Services, Johnson said he used open-source databases and “shockingly identified 261 people who had been convicted of exploiting Medicaid to obtain opioids, which were often resold at enormous profit.” > Washington Examiner

Medicaid’s future becomes defining campaign issue for state’s 2018 races


The future of Medicaid is now a defining issue in next year’s campaigns for governor and the Legislature. Steven Walters of WisconsinEye outlines important questions about Medicaid’s future that should be asked of Gov. Walker, Democrats running against Walker, and candidates for the Legislature in 2018. > Janesville Gazette

Watch: CNN host fires back after Ron Johnson cries ‘fake news’

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo has had enough of Republicans crying “fake news,” and he let GOP Sen. Ron Johnson know it during an interview Wednesday. The confrontation sparked when Johnson claimed the debate over Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare is “completely distorted using incorrect information.” Watch the clip here. > THE WEEK