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Walker Press Release on Dennis Smith Resignation, Kitty Rhoades Appointment

Gov. Walker: Kitty Rhoades appointed Secretary of the Dept. of Health Services

Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

Madison –Today, Governor Scott Walker received Dennis G. Smith’s resignation letter and appointed Department of Health Services (DHS) Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades as Secretary of DHS.

“I would like to thank Dennis for his service to the State of Wisconsin—because of his efforts Medicaid is now on a sustainable path,” said Governor Walker. “Kitty has the qualities necessary to lead the Department of Health Services and I am confident her long history of active involvement in health care issues will serve Wisconsin very well.”

Prior to being appointed to her current position in January 2011, Rhoades served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1999 until her retirement in 2010. During her legislative service, Deputy Secretary Rhoades served as the co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Finance and served on the Health and the Aging and Long-Term Care standing committees.

“I would like to thank the Governor for this great opportunity to move Wisconsin forward,” Rhoades said. “Wisconsin has been a leader in reforming our health care system, and with the Governor’s innovative proposals, we will continue this tradition.”

Rhoades has received numerous awards from advocacy groups in recognition of her leadership on long-term care issues, including her support for the development of consumer driven programs.

Mike Tate on Dennis Smith Resignation

Friday, February 22, 2013
CONTACT: Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director
(414) 364-1077graemezatwisdems [dot] org

BREAKING: Scott Walker's Health Care Czar Resigns

MADISON -- News is breaking that Scott Walker's healthcare czar, Dennis Smith, is resigning his position as DHS secretary. Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate released the following statement:

“From day one, Dennis Smith was more interested in an extreme ideology than in advocating for the health and well-being of Wisconsinites.

“In Washington, D.C., Smith was the mastermind of some of the Tea Party’s most radical public health policies, including outright advocacy against Medicare and Medicaid and Wisconsin’s successful SeniorCare program, and he brought that same extremism with him to Madison.

“Starting with a plan to kick 30,000 kids off healthcare, thwarted only by the Obama administration, Smith sought the kind of deep cuts that would lead to massive shortfalls in public health programs and leave thousands of Wisconsinites uninsured.

“And in what would prove to be his finale in Wisconsin, Dennis Smith helped Scott Walker reject a plan that would have created 10,000 jobs, saved the state $66 million and expanded healthcare to 175,000 Wisconsinites.

“Wisconsin’s next DHS secretary has the opportunity to turn the page on this unprecedented assault on BadgerCare. I hope for all Wisconsin families, she takes it.”

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