OSHKOSH - Former Congressman Steve Kagen says he can't wait for the health insurance reforms to begin.
“No longer will someone go broke or lose their home because a child or a loved one has a serious illness. That's a good thing. My patients can't go back to the way things were,” said Kagen.
But Kagen, who is an allergist, says Wisconsin is stalling on implementing the provisions of the law because of the governor.
Governor Walker chose not to build a state-based health insurance marketplace, or exchange.
Instead, Wisconsinites who are uninsured will have to enroll in the federal programs.
Kagen isn't the only Wisconsin Democrat speaking out about Governor Scott Walker's stance on the Affordable Care Act. On Monday, Senator Tammy Baldwin sent out a letter, accusing Walker of deliberately stalling the implementation of the program. Tuesday, Walker told FOX 11 that's not true.
“It's just a political tactic. They don't know the facts and the letter that was sent to us yesterday completely ignores the reality of the past year. Our department of health services office and insurance commissioner has done everything that the letter sent to us asked for,” said Walker.
Baldwin's letter asked for a state-run insurance market place to be established.
She says that would help the 92,000 Wisconsinites who earn above the federal poverty line and who are being kicked off of BadgerCare.
But, at an event at the Fox Valley Technical College in Oshkosh, Walker said those people no longer on BadgerCare will have the chance to get health insurance—from the federal exchange.
“For those living above poverty we have transitioned them into the marketplace and we've given them every opportunity to successfully find a way to make that transition,” said Walker.
Online enrollment for those federal insurance programs begins next week.
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