Pence promises end to Obamacare during Milwaukee visit

Posted at 4:04 PM, Jun 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-11 10:25:13-04
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence promised a group of Wisconsin business leaders Saturday that the Trump administration will replace former President Barack Obama's health care law with a system that gives states greater flexibility over coverage for their residents.
Pence made the remarks in Milwaukee at Direct Supply, which sells equipment and services for senior living communities.
"Help is on the way, and the Obamacare nightmare is about to end," Pence said.
The vice president has been touring the country holding events to drum up support to replace Obamacare as the Senate works on its own version of a health care bill passed by the House. The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker joined Pence in a discussion with a group of business leaders before the vice president spoke.
Wisconsin was among the states that rejected federal money to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare and Pence praised Walker for taking a different path. Wisconsin took a hybrid approach of tightening income eligibility for Medicaid to only those at the poverty level or below. Those making more than poverty were forced to purchase subsidized insurance through the marketplace.
"This president believes in state-based solutions not one-sized-fits-all mandates from Washington D.C.," Pence said.