In a newWashington Examiner op-ed, Governor Walker emphasizes the importance of giving states the tools they need such as block grants along with maximum flexibility and control while noting Wisconsin’s success in dealing with Obamacare’s challenge. Governor Walker’s call for common sense solutions that encourage flexibility among the states to address Obama’s failed law shows his unwavering commitment to promoting principles.
Walker writes in The Washington Examiner:
Obamacare is broken, and the best place to fix it is in the states…
Giving the resources and the responsibility to states is the key to success with healthcare and health insurance coverage. State leaders are more effective, more efficient, and more accountable to the people.
Adequately-funded block grants to the states, along with maximum flexibility and control, is the best option on the table. Sending funds to each state with no strings attached can bridge the divide between Medicaid expansion and non-expansion states. Leaving decisions over health insurance coverage to state leaders can resolve differences between moderate and conservative senators.
Most importantly, handing things over to the states can, and will, work.
In 1981, during his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan reminded us that the federal government did not create the states, the states created the federal government. Our founders were right. They intended for the federal government to have limited powers and the rest be given to the states and, more importantly, to the people.
Wisconsin chose not to take the Obamacare Medicaid expansion and not to set up a state exchange. Instead, we moved to cover everyone living in poverty through Medicaid for the first time in our history, while transitioning those above poverty into the marketplace. Today, Wisconsin is the only state in the top 10 for health insurance coverage that did not take the expansion, and a recent report ranks Wisconsin as the number one state in the nation for healthcare quality.
The Wisconsin Way is much better than the mess created by Obamacare.