MADISON - The state would reap $1.6 billion in tax savings — more than 2½ times original projections — if it provided health care to more Wisconsinites under a provision of the recently passed federal COVID relief legislation.
The measure is meant to induce Wisconsin and 11 other states to follow the 38 states that have fully expanded health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The top Republican in the Wisconsin Assembly said he won't take the deal and no amount of federal money could get him to change his mind.
"I think the State of Wisconsin has enough resources to be able to utilize, to make sure we have all of our priorities funded and we're not going to do it by expanding welfare," said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester.
"Trapping people in the life of poverty is not something that there's ever the right amount of money to do."