State political leaders react to Supreme Court ruling on health careWisconsin News
-- Governor Scott Walker says he won't work on health insurance exchanges until after November but his predecessor says much of the work has already been done.
Governor Scott Walker says he won't work on health insurance exchanges until after November but his predecessor says much of the work has already been done. Former Governor Jim Doyle spoke Thursday after the U-S Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Walker plans on waiting to see if Republicans win in the election - including Mitt Romney's White House bid - a party that's sworn to strike down Obamacare. Part of that law mandates states to create health exchanges - insurance pools that are a one-stop-shop for consumers. Doyle left office in 2010 and says he already laid out much of the groundwork for these networks which are to be set up by 2014. Former Democratic Governor Doyle now serves as a national co-chair for "Know Your Care," a group supporting the federal health care law.
Wisconsin's Attorney General may have fought the federal health care law but now says Wisconsin should go along with it. The U-S Supreme Court ruled yesterday to uphold the controversial health care overhaul. Attorney General J-B Van Hollen had joined counterparts in other states in a lawsuit against Obamacare but says Wisconsin should begin implementing its mandates. Governor Scott Walker still refuses to implement the law but Van Hollen says what the governor and the rest of the state are “going to be obligated to do is to comply with the law." Van Hollen emphasizes he does not give policy making advice to the governor or legislature. Another former attorney general and governor made a similar statement. While speaking to reporters on a call, Jim Doyle wouldn't comment on his successor's refusal to enact a state health care exchange but emphasized it is federal law saying, "There really isn't much choice this is going to happen." Health exchanges are insurance networks each state must set up by 2014.
A Wisconsin businessman turned politician in order to fight Obamacare says he's disappointed by the U-S Supreme Court upholding the health care law. U-S Senator Ron Johnson vows to keep building support to repeal the law. Johnson told reporters Thursday federal health reform will lead to ballooning costs, rationing and reduction in quality of care. The Republican lawmaker who - won his seat in 2010 - says this will make the November election a mandate on the law.