Scott Walker Releases Health Care Plan, Hits Washington Republicans

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Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker Tuesday released the details of his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, faulting Washington Republicans for not repealing the president’s health care law yet.

Even though Republicans don’t have a veto-proof majority in the Senate to get rid of Obamacare, Walker said: “Republican leaders in Washington told us during the campaign last year that we needed a Republican Senate to repeal Obamacare. Well, Republicans have been in charge of both houses of Congress since January and there still isn’t a bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare.”

Added Walker in his Minnesota speech unveiling his plan: “Let me be perfectly clear. Americans want more than campaign promises, they want results. Actions speak louder than words.”

Walker said Tuesday he will give Congress his Obamacare repeal and replace legislation on day one as president.

According to a description of the plan provided by his campaign, Walker’s plan “puts patients back in control, empowers states, cuts regulations, and encourages innovation. It lowers health insurance premiums by repealing Obamacare, increases competition, and allows Americans to shop for insurance from any state. It provides tax credits that allow those without employer sponsored insurance to obtain affordable coverage and incentivizes the use of Health Savings Accounts by giving everyone who opens one $1,000. Additionally, it protects all Americans with pre-existing conditions.”

Another Republican running for president, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, criticized Walker’s plan for “establishing ourselves as ‘cheaper Democrats’” and for being “light on specifics.”

Jindal has released his own plan for repealing Obamacare.

“Yes, there are good features to Governor Walker’s plan. But, his plan is fundamentally accepting the premise of Obamacare – that we need a new federal entitlement program,” Jindal said.

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