Newspaper article Roll Call

Ahead of Obamacare Repeal Rollout, Walker Stocks Up on Advisers Familiar with Capitol Hill

Newspaper article Roll Call

Ahead of Obamacare Repeal Rollout, Walker Stocks Up on Advisers Familiar with Capitol Hill

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As Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker sets out to unveil his proposal to replace Obamacare, he's been staffing up from Capitol Hill.

The Wisconsin governor has brought on Andrew Shaw as domestic policy director, the campaign told CQ Roll Call. Shaw has worked since January as the policy director of the conservative Republican Study Committee in the House, where he was involved in efforts by Chairman Bill Flores, R-Texas, and the RSC members to repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law.

Shaw's experience on the Hill includes time as legislative director for conservative Republican Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey, as well as a legislative assistant to then-Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and in positions at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Caitlin Carroll, the RSC's communications director, praised Shaw.

"Andrew Shaw was integral in crafting the Republican Study Committee's most innovative policy proposals this year: our 2015 budget proposal and the American Health Care Reform Act," she told CQ Roll Call.

After appearing at the Iowa State Fair Monday, Walker is set to detail his health care proposal Tuesday at a screw machine products company in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburbs.

Walker sits in an ATV while touring the midway at the Iowa State Fair on Monday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

What he says should be largely familiar to those familiar with efforts by congressional Republicans to craft replacements for Obamacare. An outline obtained by CQ Roll Call shows the plan features turning much of the power over Medicaid decisions to state governments.

But it says it would maintain tax credits for those who do not get employer-provided health care, a provision allowing health insurance to be purchased across state lines and expanded health savings accounts.

The plan would address pre-existing condition exclusions through "incentives rather than penalties," saying it would prevent premiums from sky-rocketing for people moving between insurance providers, if the coverage was continuous. …

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