Gov. Walker opting for freedom in healthcare

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

A health freedom group praises Wisconsin's governor for refusing to implement a government-run healthcare exchange in the state.

Brase, Twila (CCHF)Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has announced that he will not implement a health insurance exchange in his state, citing design restrictions and the undisclosed costs. Twila Brase, president of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), tells OneNewsNow that Walker joins a handful of governors across the nation who have chosen to opt out.

"We are particularly thankful that in his letter he talked about the fact that even though there are three options offered by the federal government, it is the federal government that governs the entire thing and controls, by federal policy, every exchange," Brase notes.

"So he, for the sake of the people of Wisconsin, has opted for freedom, has opted for lower costs, and has said 'no' to the federal government."

Walker's letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services points out that the state of Wisconsin is already able to provide healthcare for 90 percent of its citizens without a government-run exchange.

"We hope more of the 30 Republican governors and as many Democrat governors as possible will do the same thing," the CCHF president offers.

According to Walker, the exchange would only worsen coverage for the citizens of The Badger State.

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