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Vukmir Endorses Walker's Call for Health Care Block Grants to States

Wednesday, August 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Forbes McIntosh
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Gov. Scott Walker last week issued a statement advocating giving states oversight of health care as the best way to repeal and replace Obamacare.

"Specifically, provide each state with an adequately funded block grant as well as full responsibility for decisions regarding health care and health insurance coverage," he said. "Adequately funded block grants to the states should hold Medicaid expansion states harmless while providing some parity to non-expansion states. Giving states full responsibility allows decisions to be make closer to the people so they can accommodate state and regional needs as opposed to a one-size-fits-all mentality from Washington. The welfare reform law that was signed in 1996 is a model. States were given adequately funded block grants that are still used today and welfare rolls dropped as people transitioned from government dependence to true independence through work."

State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, this week expressed support for Walker's proposal.

"It isn't the federal government's job to push one-size-fits-all health care on all 50 states," Vukmir said. "Decisions about health policy should be made at the state level, where we can have the most impact encouraging innovation and expanding choice."

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