Walker's highly anticipated decision was not unexpected given his long opposition to the law. He stopped implementation last year on the hopes the law would be overturned either by the U.S. Supreme Court or Republicans following the November election.
La Crosse Democratic Congressman Ron Kind accused Walker of putting politics before policy. Kind says “Health insurance exchanges are based on the SHOP Act, legislation I authored, and have always had bipartisan support. Kind says the exchanges allow small businesses, family farmers and individuals to choose amongst competing health care plans which are coupled with tax credits to make them affordable.
The La Crosse Democrat says he is "disappointed in Governor Walker’s decision and hope that we can find a way to rise above the politics, work together, and provide access to quality, affordable coverage for the people of Wisconsin.”
Walker announced his intention Friday despite the federal government late Thursday giving states an additional month to decide.