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State Health Secretary talks about increased costs of Obamacare

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s health secretary told a House subcommittee Thursday that state taxpayers will shell out more to treat the poor-and-the-elderly under the Obama health reform law.

But supporters of the health law say Secretary Dennis Smith is not telling the whole story.

Smith told the House panel that the federal government will not be able to reimburse enough money to the state to cover the expected increases in things like Badger-Care enrollments. Therefore, Smith says Wisconsin will spend more than the savings it’s expected to get under the Obama package.

Smith also the national law will raise administrative costs for running Medicaid, while determining who’s eligible for those benefits.

Supporters of the health package say Smith is ignoring the total cost savings included in the law – plus the value of the extra benefits to Wisconsin’s uninsured residents and health care providers.