Greendale Lawmaker Backs Decision to Hold off on Health Insurance Exchanges
State Representatives Jeff Stone and Jon Richards debated about whether Wisconsin is taking a risk by not creating health insurance exchanges.
Greendale State Rep. Jeff Stone supports the governor’s decision to hold off on creating health insurance exchanges till after the presidential election.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in June, in which every state is required to create an insurance exchange, a place where you must go to buy your health insurance. Gov. Scott Walker said the state will not take any action to implement the provisions of the federal law.
"I am hopeful that political changes in Washington, D.C., later this year ultimately end the implementation of this law at the federal level," the Republican governor said back in June.
Stone told WISN in an interview that he believes people in Wisconsin will be paying more for health insurance and healthcare through this law. He also said he has doubts about whether the federal government is going to be able to create, operate and fund an exchange under the law.
Milwaukee State Rep. Jon Richards said that the affordable care act will be a law whether Mitt Romney wins against Barack Obama or even if the Republicans take the house. He said the federal government could create an exchange for Wisconsin by January 1 and the state would lose out on an opportunity to create an exchange for the people of the state.