Today Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-4) released this statement after receiving news that Governor Scott Walker of the State of Wisconsin has refused to build a state-based health insurance exchange:
"I am deeply disappointed to hear that Governor Walker has again put his own agenda ahead of the best interests of the people of Wisconsin. Wisconsin's health care system is one of the most innovative in the nation, and we were given the chance to manage our own health insurance marketplace, tailored to the needs of Wisconsin residents. The state is also better positioned than the federal government to do local outreach so that people are aware of their coverage options.
"At the very least, I hoped that the Governor would select the "partnership' option, and work hand-in-hand with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement the exchange. But the Governor has rejected that option, as well.
"I have full confidence that HHS will do the best job it possibly can, and build the best possible exchange model, to ensure that all states have well-run exchanges. But I am still dismayed that the State of Wisconsin will have a more limited role in operating the exchange.
"I had hoped that now that the election is behind us and the future of the Affordable Care Act is no longer in question, Wisconsin's elected officials could work together on health care in the smartest way possible. The recent election of President Obama showed that a majority of the people of Wisconsin are in favor of Obamacare. It is unfortunate that Governor Walker has chosen to go against the people of Wisconsin with this decision."