Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has decided against forming a state health exchange, instead opting to let the federal government take control.
"As a result of our decision, Wisconsin taxpayers and consumers will have access to the same products without the risk of having an extra burden placed on them at a time when they can least afford it," Walker said in a statement on his decision. The governor also said that the health care reform law does not allow for a "uniquely Wisconsin option", which is why he is not establishing a state exchange.
By deciding against the formation of a state health exchange, Walker will forgo control over what plans will be sold, how much they will cost and what they will cover, among other things. U.S. Sen-elect Tammy Baldwin said Walker decided to "to pass the buck and reject the opportunity to take ownership of this issue."
"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," added Robert Kraig, director of the liberal advocacy group Citizen Action, according to the Associated Press.