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Candidates for governor focus on health care

MADISON (WKOW) — Health care is a big issue in Wisconsin’s race for governor.

The top two candidates in the race touched on the topic Monday.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was campaigning for democratic candidate Tony Evers in Madison.

While speaking at an event, she said Gov. Scott Walker left $1 billion in federal money on the table by rejecting an expansion of Medicaid and it’s had a ripple effect.

“Not only do 70-thousand people here not have the health care that they would have because of the governor playing politics with their lives, but it has had an economic hit on the state,” she said.

Sebelius says Gov. Walker is not telling the truth when he says he wants to protect people with pre-existing conditions, but the governor continued to voice his support for that form of coverage on Monday.

“As long as I am governor, I will always cover pre-existing conditions,” he said in a campaign video.

Gov. Walker posted that video on Twitter to support guaranteeing health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions.

The governor says it’s personal to him, since his wife has diabetes, his mother is a breast cancer survivor and his brother has a heart condition.

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