Blog Posts by Jon Peacock

ACA Repeal “Fixes” Continue to Shortchange Wisconsin

July 24, 2017

The legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can’t be fixed, but Senator McConnell and President Trump are still trying to revive it. McConnell plans to have a vote on July 25 on a procedural measure to … Read more

Trump Tax Plan Primarily Benefits the Richest Americans

July 20, 2017

Trump’s Tax Proposals Would Give Richest 1 Percent of Wisconsin Taxpayers an Average $117,000 Tax Cut, and More than Half of the Total Cuts

The federal tax reform plan outlined by President Trump in April would fail to deliver on … Read more

Repeal without Replacing: A Health Care Disaster

July 18, 2017

A month or two ago, President Trump described the House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as being “mean,” and he was right. Yet today he endorsed a far meaner approach – repealing the ACA without … Read more

Wisconsin Bill Does Little to Protect People with Preexisting Conditions

June 26, 2017

Bill Passed by Assembly Fails to Close a Huge Loophole Proposed by Republicans in Congress

One of the many problems with the bill to repeal and partially replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that it would seriously erode the … Read more

Congressional Changes to Medicaid Leave Wisconsin Behind

June 14, 2017

AHCA Would Permanently Lock in Wisconsin’s Lower Federal Funding

Without so much as a single public hearing, Congress is close to approving huge changes to Medicaid that substantially reduce spending and radically change how funding is allocated. One of the … Read more

Efforts to Repeal and Replace the ACA Boost the Current Law’s Support

June 6, 2017

Polling Shows Public Opposition to House Bill and to Medicaid Changes

The more that Congress extends the debate about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the stronger support gets for the existing law. And as people learn more about the American … Read more

Trump Budget Demonstrates the Perils of Changing Medicaid

May 24, 2017

Medicaid Cut Projected to Be 45% in 2026, and More in Future Years

In order to pay for huge tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans, the President is proposing massive Medicaid cuts – far beyond the amounts contained in … Read more

Negative Effects of the House Health Care Bill Keep Expanding

May 2, 2017

[UPDATE — This post was revised on May 3 to reflect the new position of Congressman Fred Upton, who has authored an amendment that might secure enough votes for House passage of the bill on May 4.]

Passage of the … Read more

Wisconsin Schools Benefit Greatly from Federal Medicaid Funds

April 24, 2017

House Plans to Cut Medicaid Would Jeopardize Critical Health Services for Students

Wisconsin schools have a lot at stake in the debate about federal support for Medicaid. Even though Wisconsin ranks 19th nationally in the size of its school-age … Read more

The Case for Expanding BadgerCare Grows Stronger

April 6, 2017

$190 Million Annual Savings + Threats to Federal Marketplace = Stronger Case for Expansion

There are many reasons why it makes sense for Wisconsin to modestly increase the eligibility ceiling for BadgerCare. A new memo by the Legislative Fiscal BureauRead more