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Governor disagrees with local GOP lawmaker's stance on ObamaCare enforcement


Wisconsin (WQOW) - We will soon find out how Governor Walker wants to handle the health care reform law.

Under the law, a health insurance exchange must be set up.  The state can either do it or defer to the federal government.  Governor Walker must decide what the state will do and plans to announce his intentions on Friday.

Many health care and business groups are calling on the governor to have the state run the exchange, but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Governor Walker is giving signals he'll likely leave it to the federal government.  Here's a little more insight:  He told the New York Times that he would prefer a state-based program, but doubts the federal government would allow him to shape it the way he wants.

The governor has been a staunch opponent of the health care reform law and so has Rep. Tom Larson from Colfax.  He's one of nine GOP lawmakers who indicated they would support federal officials being arrested for trying to implement it.

Larson, who represents the 67th Assembly District, responded to a survey from the group "Campaign for Liberty."  The following was one of the survey questions posed:  "Will you support legislation to nullify ObamaCare and authorize state and local law enforcement to arrest federal officials attempting to implement the unconstitutional health care scheme known as ObamaCare?"  Larson answered "yes" along with Erik Severson, a doctor from Star Prairie who represents the 28th District.

On Thursday, Governor Walker's spokesman says the governor does not support arresting anyone for implementing federal law.  WQOW News 18 reached out to both Severson and Larson asking for a specific explanation of why they would support the arrest of federal officials.  Severson did not respond, but Larson did.  "While I am not in favor of the Affordable Care Act and would not like to see it implemented, I recognize that it is now the law of the land and I know that there is no possibility of preventing it from taking effect in the state of Wisconsin," said Rep. Larson in a statement.

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