The state will pay less than expected and reduce consumer costs within its Obamacare insurance markets by 5% next year, under a plan by Gov. Scott Walker.
State taxpayers would contribute $34 million — down from an expected $50 million — under the proposal submitted by the Walker administration Wednesday to federal officials.
The move comes two months after Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel sued — with Walker’s blessing — to seek to strike down the federal Affordable Care Act. The GOP governor said Wednesday that there’s no contradiction between him seeking to eliminate Obamacare in the long run and making it work better in the short run.
“I think there’s real problems not only in Wisconsin but nationwide,” Walker said of the ACA. “But just to make a point I’m not going to let my people on the individual (insurance) market have to suffer.”