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 it's 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). "It's 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 it's 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 going to 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, it's the law of the land, it's being implemented and we're going to 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.
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