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Bobby Jindal: Scott Walker's Healthcare Plan Too Liberal

On Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) shared his health care plan, while promising to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He said "Republican leaders in Washington told us during the campaign last year that we needed a Republican Senate to repeal Obamacare. Well, here we sit. There's not a bill on the president's desk to repeal Obamacare. Americans want more than campaign promises, they want results."

Walker's plan is called "The Day One Patient Freedom Plan." The plan would cap some Medicaid payments to states and create health savings accounts that would allow people to transfer funds to loved ones. It would create state-based high-risk pools, allowing people to shop across state lines. Instead of subsidies, which are currently offered under Obamacare, Walker's plan would provide age-based refundable tax credits for people who lack employer-sponsored health coverage.

Yet, Walker's tax credits are what pushed Bobby Jindal to the point of no return. Jindal said “In Governor Walker’s plan, a new entitlement is created for every single American human being from the time they are born right up until they grow old and become eligible for Medicare. It is frankly shocking that a Republican candidate for President would author a cradle to grave plan like this. When did conservatism die? When did we accept the idea of dependence on government? Governor Walker is confused here. In his stump speech he has some clever lines about how the Fourth of July is about independence, not dependence. I like those lines. But with this Obamacare lite health care proposal, he’s going to have to drop those lines from his speech.”

Walker may be offering this plan since he is thinking about his odds in the general election. Nonetheless, the Democratic National Committee also had some choice words by saying “If this vague grab-bag of conservative wish-list items is the best health plan the GOP can come up with for the largest economy on earth, it’s the clearest signal yet that Republicans like Scott Walker are out of ideas and out of touch." Walker's campaign spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, defended the plan by saying that refundable tax credits "have been supported by many conservatives because they put health care decision making in the hands of the American people where it belongs.”

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