UPDATE - Friday Nov 16th Governor Walker has announced that he will not create a Wisconsin State Exchange and instead will defer to the federal government in creating a new health insurance marketplace that protects consumers. (more information)
Robert Kraig, Executive Director of Citizen Action of Wisconsin, made the following statement in response to the decision:
"It is astounding that Walker is putting the demands of ideological extremists over the interests of health care consumers across Wisconsin who need access to quality affordable health care options. Guaranteeing that health care consumers can have a choice of competing health plans, and establishing rules of the road to make sure consumers are not ripped off or denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions should not be controversial. The extreme tea party response to common sense reform is a real barrier to governing in the public interest. Given Walker’s strong opposition to the goals of health care reform, it is likely much better that the federal government operate Wisconsin’s health insurance exchange. Given Wisconsin’s well earned tradition of effective and innovative government, it is a shame that we have a governor who does not want to take responsibility guaranteeing that everyone has some where to go to buy quality affordable health care."
Now that President Obama has been re-elected, the Walker Administration faces a major November 16th deadline for a core element of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
Governor Walker declared Wisconsin would make no effort to develop an health insurance marketplace ("exchange") until after the election. Yet Citizen Action of Wisconsin obtained internal emails showing that top Walker Administration officials believe they can meet the deadline, but have not shared their plan publicly and not decided whether they will move forward.
This vital decision will determine whether Wisconsin builds its own state health insurance exchange or whether the federal government does it for us. The design of this new competitive health marketplace is critically important. The exchange will provide high quality affordable health coverage for Wisconsinites who do not have good employer-based coverage, and will especially benefit the 1.3 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions who would no longer be discriminated against by denials or higher rates because of this exchange.
The election is over. The Affordable Care Act will be implemented. It is time for the Walker Administration to stop playing political games with the health of Wisconsin’s citizens.
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