“In this country, access to health insurance shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue – it’s an American issue,” said Obama. “It matters to everybody. I don’t know why you’d run on a platform of making sure some folks don’t have health insurance – why would you do that? I mean, that’s a weird thing to want – I’m going to make sure folks don’t have health insurance in this state. That doesn’t make any sense.”
Wisconsin is one of the 24 states in the United States that has not expanded its Medicaid program under Obamacare.
“As you know, we decided not to expand Medicaid, for several reasons. Mainly, because our goal is to help more people move from government dependence to true dependence, not the other way around,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced on December 5, 2013.
Opponents of Medicaid expansion claim that it will increase costs on taxpayers.
According to a White House report, states that do not expand Medicaid save taxpayers $88 billion over the next three years. States that have expanded Medicaid are adding about $84 billion to the national debt through 2016.
President Obama has previously criticized Republican governors who have not expanded Medicaid in their states claiming that the expansion “doesn’t cost you a dime.”
“It always puzzles me when you decide to take a stand to make sure poor folks in your state can’t get health insurance, even though it doesn’t cost you a dime,” Obama said at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner on Sept. 27.