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White House presses Wisconsin to accept expanded Medicaid funds

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The White House is trying to convince Wisconsin and almost three dozen other states that they're missing a great deal by saying no to extra Medicaid funds under Obamacare.

Wednesday, the White House Council of Economic Advisers issued a report claiming that the expanded Medicaid money would give health coverage to an extra 120,000 Wisconsinites by 2016.

It said it would create 11,200 new jobs by 2017, and would result in a $2.6 billion increase in federal spending in the state.

Governor Walker's office calls the figures wrong. This spring, Walker and his fellow Republicans dropped BadgerCare for 77,000 childless adults above the poverty line -- but they gave 83,000 childless adults below the poverty line coverage for the first time.

Walker himself has said that if Wisconsin takes the extra federal Medicaid funds now, the state would be left paying a massive tab in years to come should Washington's contribution disappear.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)