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Gov. Walker now has to rush state health exchange after Obama win


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he’ll meet with state health officials this week to decide what to do about “Obama-care.”

Earlier this year, Walker cut off all of Wisconsin’s efforts to implement the Democrats’ health care reforms – in the hopes that Republican Mitt Romney would win the White House and throw out the mandates. But Obama won, and the state faces a deadline in nine days to come up with its own purchasing exchange which offers a variety of health plans.

If the state doesn’t act, the federal government could force its own template which Wisconsin would have to follow starting in 2014. Walker said the federal government would not review the matter until as late as January.

While Democrats disagree, Walker contends that the state has until next fall to quote, “make modifications as we see fit.”

Democrats have pleaded with Walker to let the state design its own plan now, with the goal of serving residents better.

The state Health Services Department did not immediately comment.

Walker talked about it during a visit to Milwaukee. He also said the election results show that Wisconsinites are very independent – and they still choose the person-over-the-party.