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Gov. Scott Walker Open to Dropping Pre-Existing Conditions Policy in Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker Open to Dropping Pre-Existing Conditions Policy in Wisconsin
(AP)

By    |   Friday, 05 May 2017 06:54 PM EDT

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be willing to withdraw his state from pre-existing conditions policies regarding healthcare, but he first wants to see the final version of the American Health Care Act.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Walker's comments were met with outrage from Democrats.

"That's something we would certainly consider. It depends on the conditions, and again, what's in the House bill could be very different than what's in the Senate bill and what finally comes to the president," Walker said, referencing the AHCA's passage in the House.

"So I'm going to wait till I see what's in the final version."

Wisconsin state Rep. Daniel Riemer, a Democrat, told the Journal Sentinel: "The answer for the governor of the state of Wisconsin … should be, 'No, period. No, we're not going to do that.'

"We ought not deny people coverage or charge them outrageous amounts because they're dealing with diabetes or heart disease."

Walker's office later issued a statement that said the governor would make sure people with any sort of pre-existing condition will have health coverage in the Badger State. Still, the idea he mentioned Friday is similar to the program that was part of Wisconsin's healthcare landscape before Obamacare.

Prior to 2014, Wisconsin had high-risk insurance pools that helped people without insurance get the care they needed. The Wisconsin State Journal reported in February that any sort of Obamacare repeal may result in the reincarnation of high-risk insurance pools.

Wisconsin's program, called the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP), was in place from 1979-2014.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would be willing to withdraw his state from pre-existing conditions policies regarding healthcare, but he first wants to see the final version of the American Health Care Act.
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