In an effort to regain control of his campaign messaging, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker unveiled the outline for what he has called one of his top priorities, repealing and replacing Obamacare.
"We've got a plan, it's simple to begin with, it's as simple as this," Walker said to a group of invited guests at a Minnesota machine shop. "It starts out with the premise that on my very first day as President of the United States, I will send legislation to the Congress to once and for all repeal Obamacare entirely."
In his remarks, Walker took aim squarely at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, saying that Clinton "had a much bigger vision and a much bigger goal than just what we see under Obamacare."
"Think of all the things that have been problematic about Obamacare," he added. "They only get worse under Hillary Clinton."
In a tweet Tuesday morning, Clinton wrote:
Similar to Obamacare, Walker's plan provides tax credits for people not insured by their employer. However, he would not have a federal exchange, and the credit amount would be determined by age, instead of income level and family size.
Walker's “Day One Patient Freedom Plan” promises to reduce insurance premiums up to 25 percent by eliminating regulations in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.
Walker also proposes allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, increasing the contribution limits on tax-free Health Savings Accounts, and incentivizing HSA's with a $1,000 tax credit. The plan will also reorganize Medicaid into three more targeted parts.
Walker says his plan would remove the current mandate that everyone purchase insurance, but still protect Americans with pre-existing conditions through unspecified additional reforms.
According to the latest Gallup survey, the rate of people without insurance dropped six percentage points, to just 11.4 percent since key Obamacare provisions began in 2013— the lowest since tracking began in 2008. The sharpest declines occurred with Hispanics, African Americans, and lower-income Americans.
Walker's speech comes as new polls show him losing ground in the Republican race as Donald Trump continues to lead. A new CNN/ORC poll out Tuesday morning showed his support drop to just eight percent, tied for fourth place nationally behind Trump, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson.
“I may not be the flashiest of the folks. I may not have the pizzaz of people on the east and west coast,” Walker said during his speech.
“But I hope you’ve seen here not just in Minnesota, but across America, I think like you think. My family lives like your family does, we want the same things you do,” he concluded.
Walker is not the only Republican presidential candidate to address health care reform this week. In a Monday op-ed in Politico, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also called for repealing and replacing Obamacare.
"Instead of relying on an outdated, big-government approach, I will utilize modern, consumer-centered reforms that lower costs, embrace innovation in healthcare and actually increase choices and improve quality of care," Rubio wrote.