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Dems urge Walker to implement health care law

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two democratic state lawmakers are again asking Governor Scott Walker to start implementing the federal health care reform law.

Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Jon Richard held a public Q&A on the law on Friday.

They're sending Governor Walker a letter asking him to create a special bi-partisan committee to restart work on a health care exchange allowed under the law.

There's a November 16th deadline to set up the exchange.

"I think Governor Walker needs to wake up and recognize his reality here," Erpenbach said. "It's the law. We will have an exchange and it's up to Governor Walker whether we run the exchange or the federal government runs the exchange."

The exchanges are designed to give people an easier way of buying health insurance, which is required under the law by 2014.

"Millions of people already are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act," Erpenbach said. "The exchange gives us the opportunity to, in Wisconsin, to run our own exchange. It's just a one stop shop where people can go and buy their insurance that way."

Governor Walker has said he would wait until after the November presidential election to implement the health law, in hopes Republican Mitt Romney wins and overturns the law. However, Erpenbach doesn't think it will matter.

"The reality, to me, says no matter who is elected, the Affordable Care Act won't be overturned," Erpenbach said.

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