Scott Walker: Wisconsin Won't Launch Obamacare

Sunday, 01 Jul 2012 03:25 PM

By Amy Woods

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Calling Obamacare a massive tax increase, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday he is going to wait before implementing health-insurance exchanges in his state.

“We’re going to wait,” Walker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “For people here in Wisconsin and plenty of other states across the country, we want to put the power back in the hands of the people at the state and the local level, not be driven by a federal mandate.”

He said he believes in a free-market alternative to the government-funded health-insurance program upheld last week by the Supreme Court.

“Yes, it is a tax increase,” Walker said. “That’s the whole reason why the law was upheld.”

Government-funded health insurance ultimately will lead to the rationing of healthcare to control costs, he said.

“Which do you think’s more likely to drive down healthcare costs and make our states and our jobs more competitive — having something driven by the government in terms of a mandate, or having something that opens up the door so that all of us, as consumers, play a much more active role, having skin in the game, when it comes to healthcare,” he asked. “I think the latter is the more appropriate approach.”

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