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Gov. Scott Walker to discuss Affordable Care Act challenges Thursday

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) - Reuters

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will hold a news conference this afternoon about Obamacare.  

His office says the Republican Walker will discuss the impact of those affected by, "the failed federal rollout of the Affordable Care Act." 

Presumably, Walker is talking about the 77,000 people who will lose their BadgerCare at the end of the year -- and are having trouble signing up for the federal Obamacare insurance exchange due to the system's online glitches. 

Wednesday, federal officials said only 877 Wisconsinites bought coverage on the online exchange from October 1st through November 2nd. 

This week, the state sent out paper applications for Obamacare to all 77,000 affected BadgerCare recipients. 

However, U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin said that wasn't enough -- and she called on the governor to extend the state's BadgerCare coverage for three months, to give Washington more time to work out the glitches on Healthcare.Gov. Baldwin also asked Walker to temporarily accept expanded federal Medicaid funds, to offset any extra costs to delaying his deadline. 

Walker has steadfastly refused to take more Medicaid funds for the state's health programs, saying the money could eventually run dry and the state could be left holding an unaffordable bag.

Friday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to visit Milwaukee to discuss the federal exchange, and visit a clinic where people are getting help applying.

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