Presidential hopeful Scott Walker reveals health plan on visit to Minnesota


Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker paid a visit to a business in Brooklyn Center Tuesday as he revealed his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KARE 11 reports the Wisconsin governor spoke with employees at Cass Machine Products, a company that says its insurance premiums have increased 36 percent this year, which president Steve Wise blames on President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare program.

Walker unveiled his alternative "Day One Patient Freedom Plan," which would see the health exchange scrapped, states given the ability to manage their own health programs, and individuals allowing people to buy health insurance from��other states.

His plan, which you can see here, would help individuals pay for their insurance by giving them access to tax credits and subsidies based on their age, instead of income.

The Associated Press reports Walker claims repealing the ACA and implementing his plan would save people $1 trillion in taxes, and would be complemented by changes to Medicaid.

But even if he gets to the White House, the AP notes he would face a battle repealing the ACA, given it would require 60 votes in the currently Democrat-controlled Senate.

Brooklyn Center is not Walker's only stop in Minnesota Tuesday, as he will attend a fundraiser at O'Gara's Bar and Grill in St. Paul in the afternoon.

He is also not the only candidate who's been active in the Midwest, as Walker was joined at the Iowa State Fair this past weekend by several others including Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and Republicans Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum, CNN reports.

Speaking of Trump, Minnesota native Sheila Roux was among those who joined the business mogul for jury service on Monday. She told the Forum News Service it was a "media circus."

Despite not being a particular fan of his, she told the newspaper that he "was pretty nice and kept people entertained."

Clinton leads DFL field in MN, Walker just ahead among GOP

The Pioneer Press reports Walker has the most support of any of the Republican candidates in Minnesota ahead of next year's caucus, getting the backing of several prominent politicians including Kurt Daudt (who is serving as the state chairman for Walker's campaign).

Meanwhile, Clinton has received the most support in Minnesota of the Democratic candidates, after some successful fundraising events in the state.

It's a bit closer when it comes to public polling, with the newspaper noting that among Republican candidates, 19 percent of those polled in Minnesota said they would select Walker, putting him only 1 percent ahead of Trump.

But MinnPost reports the Wisconsin governor's decision to pledge $250 million of public money for the construction of a new stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks has not gone down well with some conservatives in Minnesota.

Jake Duesenberg, executive director of the Minnesota Tea Party, told the website: "It's a dumb move and it's one we can't overlook. If you’re going to be willing to bail out the billionaire owners of a sports team, then you’re surely going to bail out the people on Wall Street any time they call for help."

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