A letter in the Sept. 4 Tomahawk Leader:
To The Editor:
There are some misconceptions on the Health Plan for Wisconsin. One is that teachers are exempt. They are not. They, too, will be required to participate in this plan.
Another is that people will abuse the emergency room. The plan already has a penalty written in for that ($60, Healthy Wisconsin Proposal, Page 7).
An individual is covered under Healthy Wisconsin if the individual is under age 65 and has maintained his or her place of permanent abode in this state for at least 12 months, and maintains a substantial presence in this state. The individual also needs to be gainfully employed. With these requirements we should not be a magnet state for welfare.
State Sen. Don Friske’s statement that Badger Care costs went up 33 percent from 1999 to 2006 is true, but everyone’s medical costs went up.
The Tomahawk area has a good access and quality of health care. State Rep. Don Friske’s statement about quality health care in Tomahawk is accurate. If the populous cannot afford health care, will the Tomahawk area still be able to continue with the same quality of health care. State Rep. Don Friske has affordable health care. The Employee Trust Fund covers almost 200,000 people, which includes State Rep. Don Friske, with affordable health care. If he can have affordable health care coverage, all gainfully employed Wisconsin residences should have the same affordable health care. This can happen through the Healthy Wisconsin Proposal.
Details on Healthy Wisconsin are available on the web site www.legis.state.wi.us/lc/publications/im/im_2007_03.pdf.