DC Wrap

Gov. Scott Walker, speaking from the White House lawn, pledged Republicans would replace Obamacare with a system that works, even though doing nothing might be the best thing to do politically.

Walker, who was at the White House as part of NGA meetings, said if Republicans did nothing over the next two years, insurers would continue to pull out of the program and rates would rise.

Walker and other guvs met with the president and vice president over the weekend on Obamacare. He said the administration is willing to partner with guvs to put in place a fix and the president knows people are afraid because of what’s happening with the Affordable Care Act.

“They need our compassion now more than ever to recognize that we hear their concerns and that we’re going to fix the problems of Obamacare, and we’re going to lay out a path going forward that ensures that people have the choices that they want, not that the government wants when it comes to health care,” he said, according to video posted by Bloomberg Politics.

The Democratic Governors Associated knocked the news conference Walker and other GOP guvs held at the White House today. A DGA spokesman said it broke with tradition of having both parties speak about their visit to the White House as part of the NGA trip.

“Democratic governors speak with a clear voice: Ripping health care away from Americans is bad for the economy and the states,” said DGA spokesman Jared Leopold. “It’s no wonder that the White House shut out Democratic governors today, while they try to cut a backroom deal that would kick millions of Americans off of health care.”

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