With senate democratic leaders standing by for questions, Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, praised Wisconsin democrats for offering universal care to all, calling it a shining light for all states.
Ron Pollack of Families USA says they hope the idea would also be a model for a national healthcare plan.
The group says the plan would lure a billion dollars in new business to the state, creating thirteen thousand new jobs while lowering health insurance premiums,.
But Pollack could not say whether it would lower the actual cost of health care. The Wisconsin taxpayers Alliance says those rising costs will put in the plan in the red by billions after ten years.
Senator Jon Erpenbach says the Alliance didn't see all the language in the bill. He says there are built in incentives that encourage health care providers to keep costs low.
Dr. Robert Kraig with Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the overall economic impact will outweigh whatever tax increase criticism that comes from opponents.
Supporters claim any increases in payroll taxes will be offset by lower health care premiums and increased business in the state.