Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has consistently refused to implement the Affordable Care Act in his state. He rejected $9 million in grants from the health reform law that would have “focused on fighting drug and alcohol abuse” while cutting state funding for health services, like drug and alcohol prevention programs in schools. And he sent back federal grants to help the state set up its health care exchange.
Walker promised in January that he would not implement a state exchange program until after the Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act, but now the governor says he will not act on the law no matter what the ruling is on Thursday:
Earlier this month, the Republican governor went even further, saying that if the law is upheld he will not do anything until after the election, hoping that the next president and Congress will repeal it.
Only after those two fail would Wisconsin “figure out some alternative within the state,” Walker said in a statement released by his office this week.
The Associated Press points out that, in one of his first actions after taking office in January 2011, Walker authorized the state attorney general to join a multi-state lawsuit trying to block the law. At the same time that Walker has actively worked against a law that would expand affordable health care access to millions of Americans, Wisconsin residents face higher than average health costs, and 64,000 children in the state are uninsured.