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Obama's win forces Walker's hand on health care


MADISON (WKOW) -- Since President Barack Obama won re-election and Democrats still control the U.S. Senate, Wisconsin has to move forward with implementing the federal health care law.

The state has to notify the federal government by November 16 about how it will implement a health care exchange or whether it will let the government do it.

Governor Scott Walker said he'll meet with state officials over the next few days to decide on a plan.

"We haven't made a decision yet," Walker said Wednesday. "It's one of three options; it's either a federally run exchange, a state-run exchange or a partnership. No matter what account, there's an exchange. The law will be upheld here. The question, ultimately, from our standpoint is, 'What option is best for the taxpayers in the state of Wisconsin?'"

Walker said no matter which option is chosen, it would not go into effect until January of 2014.

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