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Rep. Cory Mason Calls for Hearing Over Dismantling Health Care

Together with Rep. Tamara Grigsby, Mason wants to examine the Department of Health Services plans to cut public healthcare in Wisconsin.

Representatives Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) want the Joint Committee on Finance to convene an immediate hearing to fully explore how the Department of Human Services plans to trim $550 million from the public healthcare budget.

After weeks of releasing bits and pieces of the department's plan to save money on public healthcare, DHS just on Mon., Oct. 31, released its full, 300-page document.

“This plan is filled with even more of the bad choices Republicans have been making all year,” said Mason in a written statement. “The Walker Administration has made a very conscious choice to deny health care to tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents to pay for tax breaks to special interests and corporations."

Grisby agreed.

“Attacking everyday people has become business as usual for the Walker Administration,” she stated in the same release. “How could anyone propose a plan that so clearly attacks health care in Wisconsin? The GOP must stop playing games with people’s lives.”

Representative Robin Vos (R-Rochester), co-chair of the joint committee, said he is open to having a hearing.

"Rep. Vos welcomes the public hearing and is in favor of an open and transparent process," said a representative from his office. "The goal is to continue a sustainable health care assistance program for the citizens who need it the most."

Mason and Grigsby also request that DHS Secretary Dennis Smith attend the hearings to answer questions from committee members.

How would you propose to help plug the hole in public healthcare in Wisconsin?

James R Hoffa November 03, 2011 at 12:16 AM
What does this have to do with jobs? I thought this special session was supposed to be all about jobs, jobs, jobs, and nothing more. Wasn't Mason just ripping on Republicans for taking up issues other than jobs right now? I clearly remember his appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show doing just that. The nerve of this guy - HYPOCRITE!!! . So Vos has no problems with an open and transparent process. Does that mean that Mason has a plan to shore up the budget without making cuts and raising taxes? Where is Mason’s plan and how come he hasn’t come forward with it yet before he starts openly criticizing others? Can Mason specifically cite us to the parts of the Walker plan that represent “even more of the bad choices Republicans have been making all year,” or those parts that show “a very conscious choice to deny health care to tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents to pay for tax breaks to special interests and corporations[?]” Where’s Mason criticism of Obama for ripping the state off of $45M on Medicaid reimbursement? Mason is a partisan hack and needs to put up for once or shut-up!
GearHead November 03, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Where was Mason when Doyle was cutting health care, aid to cities, aid to schools, raiding the patient reimbursement and highway funds, spending the stimulus on budget holes instead of "shovel ready jobs", and raising state taxes 3 billion dollars - while Mason was in power? Now that he is out of power (thank Heaven) he should be ignored while the adults handle the tough decisions he punted on.

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