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Walker To Feds: You Broke It, You Bought It

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Governor Walker joins me at 11:07 this morning to discuss his decision not to create a state exchange for Obamacare. He joins other GOP governors who have decided that it's better to let the feds run a program they will control anyway.

Here is the real key to the decision:

"I'd much prefer control at the state level," Walker told The New York Times, "but the problem is, I don't think they are really state-run."

"Why do I want to take on the potential risk to my taxpayers if I don't really have any true authority about what's going to happen?" Walker added.

The bottom line here: the state-run exchanges would be "state-run" in name only. They would have responsibility, without authority, simply providing the illusion that Obamacare is something that it is not. 

Walker's decision is likely to be distorted by critics (that goes with the territory.) But it neither defies the federal government nor refuses to comply with the law. Walker is well within his rights -- and the law -- to defer to federal control of a program that is federally controlled from top to bottom.

Click here to read Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's cogent explanation of his decision not to create a state exchange. 

Here is the way the state decisions seem to be shaping up:

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