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Walker says Wisconsin won't set up health exchange

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not set up a health insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Instead, Walker told the Obama administration Friday that Wisconsin will leave that responsibility to the federal government.

Walker's highly anticipated decision was not unexpected given his long opposition to the law. He stopped implementation last year on the hopes the law would be overturned either by the U.S. Supreme Court or Republicans following the November election.

Neither happened.

Walker announced his intention Friday despite the federal government late Thursday giving states an additional month to decide.

Governor Walker’s letter to Secretary Sebelius can be viewed at:
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STORY FROM 11/16/12
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to announce whether he will implement a state-run health insurance exchange or turn that responsibility over to President Barack Obama's administration.

States faced a Friday deadline to notify the Obama administration of their plans.

Numerous groups, including the state's chamber of commerce and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, have urged Walker to have the state run the virtual marketplace where people can shop for private health insurance coverage.

They argue the state ought to have control over how the exchange is set up.

But tea party Republicans and other conservatives are calling on Walker not to implement the exchange and instead leave it to Obama's administration.

Walker plans to announce his decision Friday morning.


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