Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) says he wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but until that happens he is committed to helping his constituents sign up for a health care plan under the law’s exchanges.
“At least for me, and probably other governors who are in a similar position, we’re not proponents of the law, but it is the law, and more importantly, until we can change and come up with something better to replace the law, we still care about our constituents, we still want people to do well,” he said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that was published on Monday.
Contrary to Democrats who accuse Republicans of wanting to sabotage the law, the possible 2016 presidential candidate said he sincerely wishes to help his state’s uninsured population.
“A lot of people think that Republicans like me would want to sabotage the law by making it hard or difficult for people to sign up,” he added. “I think that’s somewhat shortsighted by our critics, because what we care about more than anything are the people we represent.”
“Even though I’m obviously not a supporter (of Obamacare), I don’t want people to fall between the cracks,” he said.
Wisconsin opted against expanding Medicaid through Obamacare, but the state is transitioning those above the federal poverty level onto state exchanges under a different plan.