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UPDATE: Gov. Walker says delay of Obamacare is a realistic possibility


MADISON (WKOW) -- As some Congressional Republicans continue to push their plan to defund Obamacare, the threat of a government shutdown looms larger and larger.

But its not something Wisconsin politicians of either stripe want to see.

"I don't think shutting the government down is a good way to show you can make anything work," said Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin).

"Its irresponsible to shut down the government," said Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI2).  "We have to do our jobs."

Gov. Walker and Rep. Pocan agree on that, but they are worlds apart on what a solution should look like.

Rep. Pocan believes the final continuing budget resolution will not contain any language that changes Obamacare or its implementation.

While Gov. Walker agrees its not realistic to defund it, he does believe it could delayed until 2015.

"For all the hype in Washington, I think there are a number of United States Senators, many of whom will be on the ballot next November in tough battleground states, who are hearing the same things that I'm hearing about concerns in their states about the economy and the impact of Obamacare," said Gov. Walker.

The Governor says pressure from those Senators could be enough to convince President Obama to agree to a delay on the individual mandate, much like he did on the employer mandate earlier this year.

"From a practical standpoint I'd be happy if there was just a postponement, because my number one concern isn't ideological, my number one concern is economic," said Gov. Walker. 

But Congressman Pocan says that is simply wishful thinking.

"The Governor's running for President, so you're gonna hear the Governor say a lot of things that, maybe, aren't based in reality," said Rep. Pocan.  "Bottom line is most people support the provisions in the Affordable Care Act, its the law of the land, its being implemented and we're gonna improve it where we can."

While Gov. Walker would like to see a delay of Obamacare, he made it clear his administration is ready to implement the law on January 1st, 2015 and is taking the necessary steps to make Wisconsin residents aware of the changes coming their way.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he does not want to see Republicans in Congress shut down the government over the defunding of Obamacare, but he does think they have a chance to delay the law until 2015.

Gov. Walker made his comments after speaking to the Wisconsin Counties Association on Tuesday morning.  The Governor said he wouldn't have thought delaying the individual mandate for health insurance was possible six months ago, but believes it may now be practical since the Obama Administration already delayed the employer mandate in June.

Gov. Walker also said the 2012 presidential election was not a true mandate on Obamacare, because the candidate the GOP nominated was the least equipped to argue against the law.  The Governor was referring to Mitt Romney, who passed a similar health care law as Governor of Massachusetts.

But Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI2) says there is no chance the individual mandate will be delayed, saying Gov. Walker is running for President and is likely to present a number of unrealistic ideas.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following this story and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.


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