August 20 2015
One News Now
Political analysts are talking about presidential candidate Scott Walker's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare, which he announced this week.
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In addition to helping people with pre-existing conditions, Walker told an audience Tuesday that his plan would also allow states more say with federal Medicaid dollars, and people would be able to purchase health insurance across state lines.
Walker's plan can be read here.
“My favorite thing about what he proposed," says Phil Kerpen of American Commitment, "was the very first thing he said, that he would end the rule that exempted congress from ObamaCare."
According to Kerpen, nothing is going to force Democrats to the table to actually negotiate repealing and replacing Obamacare unless they have to live under the law that they themselves passed.
Hadley Heath Manning, director of health policy at the Independent Women's Forum, says people who are following ObamaCare and its issues will recognize Walker's ideas mirror other ideas voiced by conservatives.
The ideas voiced by Walker, she says, would replace ObamaCare with more fair and more "market friendly" reforms.
"So it would definitely be a step in the right direction," Manning tells OneNewsNow.
Walker's plan also aims to help people with pre-existing conditions, something Manning says people have come to expect after ObamaCare became law.
"There are certainly some similarities," she explains, "but rather than a one-size-fits-all federal policy with regard to pre-existing conditions, the Walker plan puts more power and more control at the state level."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who are also seeking the GOP presidential nomination, have put forward some details surrounding their healthcare plans.
Manning says it was good for Walker, Rubio and Jindall to put forward ideas for healthcare policy, because some people believe Republicans are indifferent to the issue and lack ideas. By publicizing their plans, she says, the media talks about them and more Americans are aware of them.