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At his "state of the state" address, Gov. Scott Walker spoke of his plan to control health insurance premium increases. WisconsinEye

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MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's $200 million plan to hold down Obamacare premiums for consumers won praise Monday from groups representing state insurers, hospitals and doctors.

The Joint Finance Committee took testimony on Senate Bill 770 as GOP lawmakers consider approving Walker's plan with a sunset provision. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) acknowledged last week that Republican senators are considering putting a time limit on the program. That might help mollify conservative senators who are still hoping that Congress will take greater action to repeal or rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

"That is part of the discussion," Fitzgerald said of time limits. 

Walker, a longstanding opponent of the Affordable Care Act, has proposed using a mix of federal and state dollars to hold down premium increases for ACA insurance sold directly to individuals and families.