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Protect Medicare and Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melissa Baldauff   
Friday, 31 July 2015 13:57

medicareMADISON - For the past 50 years, Medicare and Medicaid have lifted countless Americans out of poverty and given millions of seniors and families the peace of mind that comes with affordable health coverage. The Affordable Care Act built on this legacy by strengthening the Medicare trust fund, keeping it solvent until 2030.

If we want Medicare and Medicaid to be around for another 50 years, we need to protect these programs from GOP presidential candidates who want to destroy them. Here’s where they stand:

  • Jeb Bush said he wanted to “phase out” the Medicare program.
  • Chris Christie supported the Ryan Budget which would turn Medicare into a voucher system, a move that would have cost seniors an average of $6,000 in extra out-of-pocket costs every year.
  • Marco Rubio endorsed a voucher system, called for raising the retirement age, and said that earned benefit programs that provide Americans with financial security have “weakened us as a people.”
  • Ted Cruz supports the Ryan plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system.
  • Scott Walker refused to expand Medicaid, a decision that could cost his state $400 million and result in 84,700 fewer Wisconsinites being covered.
  • Rand Paul proposed raising the retirement age for Medicare coverage and means-testing the program.
  • Rick Perry said that the Ryan plan for Medicare was “a good idea.”

“Medicare and Medicaid help thousands of Wisconsinites afford the healthcare they need to stay healthy. That is why it’s so critical that we protect and preserve these programs, not just for our current seniors and families but for future generations as well. It’s shameful that Republicans like Scott Walker and Paul Ryan want to end the promise of Medicare and use healthcare for our seniors and families as a political bargaining chip.” – Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said Thursday.

LWV Leader Virginia McCullough Has New Book PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 10:24

jack-heart-bookGREEN BAY - Virginia McCullough, a local leader of the League of Women Voters (LWV), has a new book for sale called The Jacks of Her Heart, Book 1 in the Capehart Bay series, available today on at

Lorna and Jack just got married in the tropics, and their grown up kids don’t like it!

Now the newlyweds feel like a couple of fools. Surely ending their impulsive “cruise ship” marriage is best solution. Lorna’s two kids and Jack’s daughter are all for that, but their meddling prompts Jack and Lorna to rethink their plan.

A professional organizer, maybe Lorna is a little too proud of her spotless home. She fell in love with Jack’s generous heart, but must he rescue every abandoned dog in town? The owner of a popular ‘60s nostalgia café, Jack feels right at home in Lorna’s bedroom, but he might as well be a stranger everywhere else in her perfect house.

In a matter of days, Lorna puts her organizing skills to work to help Jack’s elderly dad and Jack takes on a rescue mission, this one involving Lorna’s daughter. But, even as their lives become more enmeshed, this “opposites attract” duo can’t quite get in sync. Can they find a way to make peace with their dueling quirks and have some fun with their second-chance romance?

Available in digital and print editions:

New Report Shows Vast Wisconsin-Minnesota Health Insurance Rate Disparities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Monday, 06 April 2015 16:40

minnesotaandwisconsinDisparities Get Worse With Adverse U.S. Supreme Court Decision. Report, to be released Wednesday, delves into causes and policy solutions.

WISCONSIN - Citizen Action of Wisconsin will release the latest in a series of reports documenting vast differences between Minnesota and Wisconsin in the cost for health insurance on the individual marketplace.

The report, A Tale of Two States 2015: Why Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Individual Marketplace Premiums are Dramatically Higher than Minnesota’s, will delve into the causes of this rate disparity.

New to this report will be an examination of the impact on consumers in Wisconsin of the potential U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of King v. Burwell.

The report will also provide local level data, making it possible to compare each Wisconsin metro area to health insurance costs in Minnesota, and the relative impact of the potential Supreme Court decision.

Citizen Action will release the new report, A Tale of Two States 2015: Why Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Individual Marketplace Premiums are Dramatically Higher than Minnesota’s, on Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, at 10:30 AM during a media call.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 16:52
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