Friday, November 16, 2012

Gov. Walker says “No” to Encumbering State with Bearing Cost of Health Exchange

Today, Governor Walker wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services indicating that Wisconsin would not set up a state based health insurance exchange. You can see his letter here .  In his explanation available here , he cited four main reasons to for his decision:  (1) that the long-term risk to Wisconsin taxpayers is too high; (2) that no matter who sets up and administers the exchange, the federal government makes all the decisions and the final product is the same; (3) that the federal government’s demonstrated lake of cooperation and detail increases the burden and risk to our state; and, (4) PPACA does not allow for a uniquely Wisconsin option.