Scott Walker: I rejected Medicaid health care funds because I ‘love the taxpayers’

By David Edwards
Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:33 EDT
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Scott Walker speaks to Fox News
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) explained on Sunday that he had refused to accept $119 million in federal money to expand Medicaid health care services for the poorest residents of his state because he loved taxpayers.

“I don’t think the measure of success in government is how many people are dependent on government,” Walker told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “I want them to no longer be dependent because we empowered them to get good jobs, family-supporting careers in the private sector. And that’s part of our philosophy.”

The Wisconsin governor claimed that his government had found a way to cover 224,000 more people even without taking the federal money.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) argued, however, that Walker had effectively turned down $4.4 billion over a decade because of a political disagreement.

“These Republican governors have, because they don’t like the president, because they want to make a political point, are hurting their constituents,” Shumlin noted.

“Cause I love the taxpayers,” Walker shot back, arguing that the federal government would eventually break its promise to the states. “I don’t want to put them at risk.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 23, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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