Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks the people of Wisconsin are stupid.

The governor has announced plans to make it dramatically harder for low-income Wisconsinites to get access to health care. He is literally turning down billions of dollars in federal money to expand BadgerCare, the state’s health insurance program for the unemployed and working poor, and other Medicaid programs.

And he is claiming that his move will help 224,580 Wisconsinites find coverage while cutting the state’s uninsured population by 47 percent.

Before speaking at a GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, according to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, the governor said he is rejecting federal support for expanding access to Medicare because: “It empowers people to go in the private sector and find affordable health care options.”

That’s ridiculous.

But not as ridiculous as Walker’s fantasy about how much it costs to obtain an individual insurance plan. According to the Leader-Telegram, Walker says that under the health insurance exchanges, an individual insurance plan will be available “for $19 a month.”

That’s a cruel lie.

If the governor disagrees, we would invite him to give up his taxpayer-funded health insurance and see if he can purchase a policy for $19.

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