Working from several competing proposals, majority Democrats in the state Senate are close to unveiling a plan that would guarantee health care coverage for all Wisconsin residents.
"The goal is really simple: get everyone covered with the same benefits we legislators have," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, who is leading the effort to develop a compromise plan. Erpenbach said he wants to have the plan ready for consideration "sometime within the next month."
Erpenbach, the chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, said the Democratic plan will provide universal coverage through private insurers while holding costs down and maintaining quality.
"A lot of states are going to look at this and say, Wow,'" he said.
Yet another reason it matters that Democrats win: