Democrats hold rally in Eau Claire, pushing for BadgerCare expansion

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Democrats in the state legislature are making what they call “one last pitch” for an expansion of the state’s Badger-Care Program.

Several area dems held a rally Wednesday in Chippewa Falls, ahead of today’s vote by the joint finance committee.

Their target is a decision by republicans to not make more people eligible for the Badger-Care Plus Insurance Program.

The governor’s budget proposal would bring in more than 1.6 billion dollars during two years, as federal funds would cover more of the state’s health care costs.

State rep. Jodi Emerson said, “I hope they’re doing it based on the stories that they’re hearing from their constituents and not some line that was drawn in the sands over the affordable healthcare act years ago – that they’re making a decision what’s before us today, not based on a political football.”

We reached out to State Senator Kathy Bernier, who currently serves on the JFC. She says quote, “I do not support expanding welfare.”

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