Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss the repeal of Obamacare.
Thompson, a Republican, served as the federal Health and Human Services secretary under then President George W. Bush and also presided as governor over an overhaul of the state’s welfare system.
In an unsuccessful 2012 run for U.S. Senate, Thompson argued for the repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act, but as governor in the 1990s he also oversaw the expansion of Wisconsin’s Medicaid health care program for the needy known as BadgerCare.
The Associated Press reported that Thompson was among those who met with Trump Wednesday at his Mar-a-Lago hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. Details of their discussion were not released by either side.
Thompson backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich over Trump in Wisconsin’s presidential primary in April. But once Trump had consolidated his hold on the GOP presidential nomination last summer, Thompson backed Trump and avoided the public misgivings expressed by some other prominent Wisconsin Republicans such as U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville.
Since leaving public service, Thompson has taken on a number of business clients and positions on the boards of companies, with many of those dealings coming in the health care sector.
Separately Wednesday, Trump met with a number of prominent health care executives, from organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Partners HealthCare and Cleveland Clinic, according to news reports.
Also Wednesday, the organizers of Trump’s inauguration announced that the ceremony will include a reading and invocation by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and former archbishop of Milwaukee.
In addition to Dolan, the ceremony will include a reading and opening prayer by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/28/former-wisconsin-gov-tommy-thompson-meet-trump/95915486/ ]