Republican presidential candidate criticizes Walker health care plan
It didn’t take long for the first attacks on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed plan for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Louisiana governor and rival Republican presidential contender Bobby Jindal called Walker’s plan a “new federal entitlement program.” Jindal released his own health care reform package last year.
Governor Walker revealed his plan in Minnesota on Tuesday. He calls it a \"Day One Patient Freedom Plan\" that promises a full repeal of Obamacare, while providing affordable health insurance, more empowerment for the states, innovation and financial stability. Walker’s plan relies on tax credits and breaking up Medicaid.
The plan is light on some details. It does not provide cost figures or reveal how many Americans would be covered. The vagueness of the plan makes it difficult to compare with the current law. Right now according to Gallup, nearly nine out of every ten Americans has health insurance. The rate has substantially increased since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
In a series of tweets, Governor Jindal said it is “shocking that a Republican candidate for President would author a cradle to grave plan like this,” and “Walker’s plan creates a new entitlement for every American, from the time they are born, until they grow old & become eligible for Medicare.\"