Gov. Scott Walker signaled to the national media Wednesday that Wisconsin likely won’t create its own insurance marketplace as called for under Obamacare, leaving that to the federal government.
Walker has long opposed the federal health-care law but for a time had sought to set up the insurance exchange to adapt to the state’s market and needs, an approach that had the support of key industry groups in the state. Yet with tea party conservatives opposed to advancing the law in any way, Walker’s comments Wednesday suggested he wouldn’t pursue it.
The GOP governor has a conference call with the media scheduled for Friday morning to make the formal announcement.
At a meeting of the Republican Governors Association Wednesday in Las Vegas,. Walker said in an interview that he would prefer a state-based exchange program, but that he doubted that the federal government would allow him to shape it as he saw fit.
|C. Steven Tucker