Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used a Tuesday visit to a Brooklyn Center machine shop to release details of his plan to replace the federal health insurance law championed by President Obama, proposing instead tax credits for uninsured people to get coverage, tax incentives to save money for health care and let customers shop for insurance across state lines.
“The American people don’t want campaign promises. They want someone who’s going to deliver on campaign promises,” Walker said in remarks to an invite-only group at Cass Screw Machine Company, a Brooklyn Center manufacturing company.
Walker’s full health care proposal can be found here. He said that repealing federal regulations tied to Obamacare would result in lower insurance premiums nationwide, and give patients and their families more flexibility in medical decisions.
While he promised a full repeal of Obamacare if he’s president, Walker’s proposal retains one well-known principle of the law: the requirement that customers can’t be denied insurance coverage if they have a pre-existing decision. It’s not clear how that would be enforced without the so-called individual mandate that’s inherent to the current law; Walker did not take questions from the press at the Brooklyn Center event.
Steve Wise, president of Cass Screw Machine, gave the Wisconsin tour a quick tour of the 128-employee facility. Wise said the company’s health insurance premium rose by 35 percent this year, although he was quick to stress that neither he nor the company was endorsing Walker’s bid.
“I will listen to any politician who comes in here with a plan to make Minnesota’s health care system better,” Wise said. “If Hillary wants to come here next week, we’ll welcome her.”
Following the tour, Walker spoke and took questions for about 40 minutes. He promised a substantive campaign, with a remark that seemed like an allusion to current Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.
“I may not be the flashiest of these folks, I may not have the pizzazz of candidates from the East or West coast,” Walker said.
Following the morning event, Walker was attending a campaign fundraiser at the Minneapolis Club and was scheduled, with House Speaker Kurt Daudt, to meet privately with a group of Republican state legislators. Tuesday night, Walker will speak at a fundraiser for the Minnesota Jobs Coalition, a conservative political group that was a major source of funds for state legislative candidates in 2014.