ON-Lion Letter
"Healthy Wisconsin," the broadest health-care reform proposed anywhere in America, would turn every aspect of the state's care system over to state government.  If passed, according to a June report from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) in Thiensville, Wis., the state would inevitably face an increase in the payroll tax to pay for the program.

"It turns out that Healthy Wisconsin is founded on a fragile set of actuarial assumptions that suggest that the growth in health care costs can be brought closer to the rate of growth in wages," according to Will Healthy Wisconsin Bust the State Budget?  "If that cannot be accomplished, the program will face a shortfall of between $4.79 billion and $10 billion by 2017."

The report, by WPRI executive vice president George Lightbourn and WPRI fellow Christian Schneider, also outlines how the creation of a "Healthy Wisconsin Trust Fund" would impact the state budget and highlights the state's disturbing trend of transferring money from segregated and trust funds in order to balance the general-fund budget.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WPRI.
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