|By Mary Spicuzza, The Wisconsin State Journal|
Walker said he would instead work to increase health coverage for Wisconsinites with an alternate plan that involves lifting an enrollment cap on
The governor said his plan would reduce the number of uninsured people by 224,580, or by as much as 50 percent -- from 14 percent to 7 percent in the state -- close to the change that would have occurred under the
"My goal in looking at this is two things: One, I want to have fewer people in the state who are uninsured, but along with that I'd like to have fewer people in the state who are dependent on the government," Walker said.
He unveiled his plans during a meeting of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's powerful business lobby, at
The governor described his proposal as a hybrid plan, but Democrats and health care advocates accused him of catering to "right-wing extremists" and playing politics at the expense of low-income people in need of health care.
If Walker had accepted the expansion, the federal government would have covered the cost for three years and, according to
Advocates of the
Overhauling entitlement programs
During his speech, Walker said he plans to boost state spending on
Democrats and health care advocates had been pushing for weeks for
Six Republican governors, including
Federal exchanges key
Democrats and health care advocates previously criticized the governor's earlier decision to not create a state-run marketplace, instead deferring to the federal government to create health care exchanges.
Those exchanges would now be a key aspect of Walker's proposal, which includes tightening the threshold for
"Our focus will continue to be reducing people's reliance on government programs," he said. "We want fewer people on
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