Walker says state will leave 'Obamacare' to federal government

Gov. announces Obama administration can take lead on 'Affordable Care Act'

Published On: Nov 16 2012 09:27:35 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 16 2012 09:36:17 AM CST
Scott Walker Wisconsin Governor
MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker said Wisconsin will not set up a health insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Instead, Walker told the Obama administration Friday that Wisconsin will leave that responsibility to the federal government.

Walker's highly anticipated decision was not unexpected given his long opposition to the law. He stopped implementation last year with the hope that the law would be overturned either by the U.S. Supreme Court or Republicans following the November election.

Neither happened.

Walker announced his intention Friday despite the federal government late Thursday giving states an additional month to decide.