Governor Walker would consider waiver to raise pre-existing premiums

AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers, the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker says he would consider seeking a waiver under House Republicans’ health care changes to let insurers raise premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.

House GOP members passed legislation on Thursday rolling back former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Part of the bill would allow states to seek waivers exempting insurers from Obama’s prohibition on higher premiums for people with pre-existing problems. States could then use federal dollars to fund government-operated insurance programs for pools of expensive patients.

Walker said Friday during a visit to Madison company Discover Mediaworks that he would consider a waiver, saying Wisconsin has run high-risk pools well in the past.

He predicted, however, that the Senate would change the legislation and he wants to see what’s in the final package.