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Osborne wrong on BadgerCare Plus

Given the recent economic downturn, the intersection of personal and political has become ever more obvious. So I react with both wonk-like excitement and anxious frustration to The Badger Herald’s recent coverage of the enrollment cap on the BadgerCare Plus Core Plan.

I am pleased to see the Herald tackle these issues, but the policy nerd in me wants to make a few corrections. Emily Osbourne’s recent column (“BadgerCare Plus Core Plan was lacking in positives,” Oct. 8), criticizing the state government on its poor planning, was off base. In truth, like all Medicaid programs, BC+ is funded jointly by state and federal funds. The federal government, by agreeing to partially fund the BC+ Core Plan, put a budget cap of $154 million for the first year of the program, a fact pointed out in previous coverage of BC+ in the Herald. So the need to cap enrollment lies at the feet of the federal government, not Gov. Doyle and the state Legislature.

The popularity of the program highlights the lack of affordable coverage available to most Americans. As I face graduation in May, I know that my peers and I face difficult odds for finding insurance. 22- to 30-year-olds in this country are becoming uninsured at the fastest rate of any age demographic. Republican or Democrat, Coastie or Sconnie, Lakeshore or Southeast, we don’t spend all our time at Helen C. to face an uninsured future. We as students need to contact our representatives (www.house.gov/writerep) and voice our opinions. If the U.S. Congress wishes to cap the high-quality state programs available to us, then quality reform must follow.

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Maura Foley
Senior, biology and sociology
WISPIRG visibility chair
[email protected]

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