On Thursday, CNN Newsroom with Wolf Blitzer aired a report by CNN Investigative Unit reporter Drew Griffin that highlighted the difficulties that some low-income patients at Wisconsin community health clinics are having signing up for Obamacare. Conspicuously absent from that report, however, was any mention of Wisconsinís refusal to accept Obamacareís Medicaid expansion and decision to throw tens of thousands out of the current program.
The peg to Griffinís report is that the clinicís staff have yet to sign anyone up for health insurance through the Obamacare exchange, mainly as a result of the well-documented difficulties with the healthcare.gov website. In his report, Griffin said, of Progressive Community Health Centers, that ď8,000 patients a year come here for almost free health care. And theyíve been doing that for years. Thatís why workers here were so excited about the Affordable Care Act. Finally, low-income patients would be able to get health insurance, many for the first time.Ē
What Griffin left out was that many of those low income patients would be losing their health insurance, as of January 1, because of Governor Scott WalkerĎs (R-WI) changes to the stateís Badgercare (Wisconsinís version of Medicaid) eligibility rules, and that many more would have been eligible for Medicaid if Walker had accepted Obamacareís expansion of Medicaid.