The historic the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has many features that Americans love once they get past the Republican/Fox News derisive label “Obamacare”, which term actually was later embraced by the Obama administration.
One of the features of the healthcare reform law that calls on American states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at federally subsidized rates. This is great for all consumers and especially those that have pre-existing conditions and allows states to set up healthcare exchanges, which give states control of private individual insurance markets. The health insurance exchanges are set to open January 1, 2014, as part of the health reform bill. Larger employers, with more than 200 employees, won’t be affected by the Affordable Care Act until 2017.
As anyone still controlled by the do-nothing Koch Brothers-funded Tea Party Republicans and Mitt Romney whiners and apologists, Scott Walker chose to make Wisconsin lose control over many key decisions on how the people of Wisconsin will decide which plans can be sold through the health exchange, to be able to compare insurance plans and what the plans must cover and their costs. Instead of having Wisconsin be able to manage the health exchanges, federal government now can come in and run the exchange and take over the responsibility.
Walker’s typically careless decision went against some of his own allies, including the Wisconsin Hospital Association, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, other health care advocacy groups that support universal health care and the insurance industry.
The Obama administration recently agreed to a request by Republican governors for a month’s extension for making a decision on the health care exchanges. Walker had time to look over the implications of this important decision and decided to act like a college dropout and punt. Walker chose to listen to the Tea Party, who don’t want the federal government to run anything, and decided to have the federal government to run the health care exchanges. That’s how much sense his decision makes.
US Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin, a supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said Walker “chose to pass the buck and reject the opportunity to take ownership of this issue.”