WisDems: Walker doubles down on ACA lawsuit: “Never retreat from doing the right thing”

Contact: Alex Japko, alexj@wisdems.org

WisDems: Walker doubles down on ACA lawsuit: “Never retreat from doing the right thing”
Lawsuit Would Gut Protections for Millions of Wisconsinites with Pre-existing Conditions
This morning on the Jay Weber Show, Scott Walker doubled and tripled down on his decision to stay in the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, claiming he would “never retreat from doing the right thing.” Apparently to Walker, gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions is “doing the right thing.”

Here’s what he said:

WEBER: Then on health care was it wrong for you and Brad Schimel to join a federal lawsuit looking to overturn Obamacare? Politically, tactically, you think it was a mistake?

WALKER: No, because I think I could be the very person creating coverage for pre-existing conditions and they’d still be running attack ads against me. Never retreat from doing the right thing.

“If Scott Walker thinks working to gut protections for the 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions is ‘doing the right thing,’ it’s time he find a new job,” said DPW spokesperson Alex Japko. “Walker has always put his personal political agenda ahead of the good of the state, and it’s clear he’s not changing now. If Wisconsinites want a governor who will protect their health care, they can’t trust a governor who openly brags about eviscerating their coverage.” 

Just last week, Politifact confirmed Tony Evers’ claim that Walker is pushing “multiple plans” that would undermine those key protections. The report cited Walker’s lawsuit as a key piece of evidence.

From the Politifact:

So, repeal of Obamacare  — and its protections for pre-existing conditions — is one plan Walker supports. But there’s another.

Walker also backed a lawsuit brought by Wisconsin and 19 other states that a New York Times news story said could eviscerate major parts of the Affordable Care Act and allow insurers to again deny people coverage because of their medical condition or history.

So, Walker supports two plans, or initiatives, that would result in eliminating blanket protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

So to get this straight, Walker’s lawsuit “would eviscerate” protections guaranteed by the ACA, yet he thinks it’s the right thing to do. The 2.4 millions Wisconsinites living with a pre-existing condition beg to differ.

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