MADISON (WKOW) — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers is challenging incumbent Scott Walker to drop Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit that aims to eliminate portions of the Affordable Care Act.
On Friday, Walker said he’s willing to call lawmakers back for a special session despite supporting Attorney General Brad Schimel’s lawsuit to repeal ACA that would no longer protect pre-existing conditions. Walker did ask lawmakers to pass legislation this year that would guarantee protection. The bill never passed.
Evers said Walker’s actions over the last eight years show he didn’t support protections for patients until this year, a promise Evers called “empty.”
“If you want to protect the millions of Wisconsinites with a pre-existing condition, drop Wisconsin from this lawsuit,” said Evers. “Because actions speak louder than empty political promises. I’ll be waiting for your response.”
Walker said provisions in ObamaCare are hurting families in Wisconsin, pointing to his State of the State speech talking to a family who’s premiums increased by 44%.
“Tony Evers is asking for us to keep ObamaCare which is failing our families and failing our citizens in the state,” said Walker. “I’m not going to do that. I’m going to find better ways to fix that.”
Evers and Walker’s campaign have gone head to head on health care for weeks leading up to the November election. Evers and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recently took jabs at each other on the issue last week. Both are cancer survivors.
“Tony Evers can pull all the political stunts he wants, but Scott Walker and I have proven we’ll take action to bring down the cost of health care and make sure the people of Wisconsin have options for quality health care,” said Kleefisch. “Pre-existing conditions are covered in Wisconsin — and as long as Scott Walker and I are in office, they always will be.”
Ever said Walker’s record is not something voters should trust.
“Despite his record, Scott Walker is now telling Wisconsinites to trust him on this issue, even though just this year he signed off on a lawsuit that would eliminate the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions,” said Evers.