Scott Walker offers Obamacare alternative as he tries to regain footing in GOP …

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Bobby Jindal Hits Scott Walker: ‘It Is Frankly Shocking That a Republican Candidate for President Would Author a Cradle to Grave Plan Like This’.

The Walker plan repeals Obamacare and replaces it with a different, tax-credit based system. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal strongly criticized Scott Walker’s health care proposal on Tuesday, accusing his GOP rival of endorsing the “fundamental underpinning of Obamacare.” “In a health care plan that is light on specifics, Governor Walker endorsed the fundamental underpinning of Obamacare – the notion that America needs another entitlement program,” Jindal said in a statement. Jindal argued that Walker’s plan “In Governor Walker’s plan creates a new “entitlement” for “every single American human being from the time they are born right up until they grow old and become eligible for Medicare. Jindal asserted he has already laid out a “conservative plan to repeal and replace Obamacare without a new federal entitlement program.” He said his plan “focuses on driving down the cost of health care by embracing free market reforms.” “When did conservatism die? Scott Walker, the Republican presidential candidate from Wisconsin, offered some details on how he would replace the Affordable Care Act if he is elected.

Under Walker’s plan, Taylor Swift would get $1,200 to help buy coverage because she’s 25 while Obamacare would give her nothing on the grounds that she’s super-rich. Walker’s plan makes a full repeal of the law his top priority, then proposes a system of tax credits that would allow Americans who do not get health insurance through their employers to purchase individual plans. Walker’s plan for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would extend refundable tax credits to help pay for private health insurance based on age instead of income, restructure Medicaid and allow people to shop for insurance across state lines. The Wisconsin governor provided details of his proposal to The Associated Press in advance of a Tuesday speech in suburban Minneapolis where he was to outline his first major policy initiative of the presidential campaign. Walker’s plan does not include cost figures or an estimate of the number of people who would be covered, making it nearly impossible to compare with current law.

Walker’s campaign said the plan would be paid for by eliminating $1 trillion in taxes that are levied under the current law and by making other changes to Medicaid and how health insurance is taxed. It would no longer require insure plans to cover a core set of benefits (Obamacare has a set of “essential benefits,” including preventive care and pregnancy costs, that insurers must cover). Meanwhile, studies have shown that the law has helped to keep insurance premiums in check. “If this vague grab-bag of conservative wish-list items is the best health plan the G.O.P. can come up with for the largest economy on earth, it’s the clearest signal yet that Republicans like Scott Walker are out of ideas and out of touch,” said Eric Walker, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. This would likely mean that the benefits available to people buying their own coverage would become cheaper — since they cover less services — but also less robust.

The Republican from Florida would also promote tax credits as a method of making insurance affordable and create federally backed “high risk pools” in states so that the sick can buy insurance at reasonable prices. In its simplest form, turning Medicaid into a “block grant” simply means handing control of the program — and the funding for it — over to the states.

Walker for costing Wisconsin $500 million in lost savings because of his opposition to the law, but the governor maintained that such reliance on federal money would have been a mistake. “We believe confidently going forward this federal government is likely to renege from its promises on Medicaid to the states,” he said last summer. “And we won’t be exposed to that.” Mr. He promises “additional reforms to insurance coverage laws” that would prevent companies from discriminating against people who find themselves ill and without health insurance. Walker’s proposals on overhauling the health care system have been mainstays for Republicans over the years, and his plan offers little insight into how its costs or impact on the economy would compare with Obamacare. Walker said he is confident that a similar structure could work across the United States. “My plan would roll back the damage done by Obamacare and when compared to the realities that existed before Obamacare, would not add to the deficit,” he said.

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