Title inspired by this Politiscoop article
When the Affordable Health Care Act was getting underway, the federal government offered the state of Wisconsin $38 million in federal funding. Ten states were offered this funding so that they could be the innovators in designing programs for insurance exchanges that would best fulfill the needs of those states.
Scott Walker took $3 million to set up a Medicaid eligibility program, but refused the rest. The only
rule about taking the money was that the state would have to meet certain deadlines and have the exchange ready by January 2014. In June, he announced that he would ignore any such deadlines or requirements, since he confidently expected the program to be declared unconstitutional.
When the Supreme Court upheld it, Walker told everyone to come talk to him about it in November, now equally confident that Romney would win. (Romney, for once, apparently was going to stick to what he'd said -- a mockup of his victory website
was briefly visible for a while, the day after the election, and there he outlined his plan to overturn Obamacare. Finally, he gave details about something!)
Walker now has until November 16th -- that's eight days -- to put Wisconsin in compliance with the law by doing all the work that he should have been doing for almost the past year
. All this will have to be done without input from consumers, insurance companies, health care providers, or anyone else who might actually know what's going on, because Walker was so sure of himself that he didn't feel the need to get any advice. It will also have to be done without any federal funding, which means Wisconsin taxpayers will have to shoulder the cost. And of course it will also be done poorly, since eight days won't even be enough time for Walker to figure out who he can blame for this mess, let alone get anything useful accomplished.
Then there's the fact that his habit of rewarding his cronies with government jobs means that none of his advisers are any good at doing anything besides agreeing with him.
If only that recall election was happening again next week...