"Scott Walker Invites Fed Govt To ‘Take Over’ Health Care By Sending Back Exchange Grants"
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has announced that the state will “discontinue any development on a health exchange and that Wisconsin will turn down funding from the Early Innovator grant program.” “Stopping the encroachment of Obamacare in our state, which has the potential to have a devastating impact on Wisconsin’s economy, is a top priority,” Walker explained, ignoring his state’s 9 percent uninsurance rate. As one consumer advocate put it: “This brazen attempt to score short-sighted political points with extreme partisan interests by playing chicken with federal law will take Wisconsin’s health care decisions out of our hands and give them to the federal government.” Indeed, Walker’s decision to stop building a state exchange will invite the federal government to take control of the marketplace, thus ensuring the very kind of “government takeover” that Republicans say they want to avoid. Walker is also planning to proceed with a half-billion dollars in proposed cuts to state health programs for the poor.