'Nationalized healthcare' on the ballot in rural Wisconsin county

A rural county in Wisconsin is placing a voter referendum on its November ballot that would formally ask Congress and President Joe Biden to create a publicly-funded health insurance program beyond Medicare and Medicaid, The Racine Journal Times reported Aug. 15.

Dunn County supervisors, which include Republicans and Democrats, unanimously approved the referendum question in July after residents had complained of high healthcare costs in the area. 

According to the report, the referendum makes no legislative changes and instead would voice that residents want more national healthcare options.

Dunn County has a population of about 45,000 and budgets $10 million annually for health insurance spending. Other Wisconsin counties, Douglas and Ashland, are also looking to put similar measures up for a vote next year.

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