Gov. Walker can’t believe Feingold still supports the ACA. Meanwhile, Walker backs a candidate who bragged about sexual assault.
I need to make an admission here -- I missed the debate between Sen. Ron Johnson and former Sen. Russ Feingold. And since I missed it, I shouldn’t comment on who won, who did better, and so forth until I watch a replay of it online later this weekend.
But I was struck by an observation made online by Gov. Scott Walker following the debate. Walker tweeted out a criticism of Feingold for his support of the Affordable Care Act.
The law, though it has its flaws, has produced more good for this nation’s uninsured and under-insured. Before the law, for example, insurers could refuse service to paying customers based on “pre-existing conditions,” ailments or conditions that individuals had in the past. These included pregnancy, cancer, and even acne. Women could be charged more for insurance before the health care reforms were passed.
Because of the ACA, millions of people who didn’t have insurance now have access to it. But critics are right about one thing -- costs have gone up, and Americans are struggling to make payments. That is why Feingold said during the debate (according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) that, “It's not perfect. I agree the deductible and premiums have to come down.”
Scott Walker took that comment and decided to comment on it directly through his Twitter account:
"It's not perfect." - Sen. Feingold on Obamacare. Understatement of the campaign & he supports it. #wbadebate pic.twitter.com/UsWL796hmN— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 15, 2016
Scott Walker is upset that Russ Feingold supported a law that insured more Americans and prevented millions from being denied coverage.
To which I ask Gov. Walker -- what is worse? That Feingold supports Obamacare, but wants to make necessary changes to it? Or that Walker AND Johnson both continue to support the candidacy of Donald Trump?
It is not an unfair question to ask. Walker and Johnson have both condemned the embattled GOP presidential nominee for his words over the past week that suggested he has sexually assaulted women because he’s a celebrity and feels entitled to grab them in unmentionable areas.
But his words -- and the subsequent allegations made by nearly a dozen women that he touched or kissed them inappropriately and without their consent, as of the time of this post -- have not been enough for either Walker or Johnson to rescind their endorsement of Trump.
So while Walker is critical of Feingold for supporting a law with some flaws, I think Wisconsinites should be more concerned with Johnson being supportive of a presidential candidate who has bragged about committing assault.
Feingold supports the ACA but knows it’s not perfect. He’s looking to make changes to it in ways that will improve the law overall. Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker still backs Trump, even as Trump shows no sign of improving his own behavior and demeanor.
You tell me who has the moral high ground here.