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Walker continues health care criticisms

EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker expressed his frustration with the implementation of the federal health insurance exchange Wednesday afternoon.

The marketplace will open soon, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding it.

Thousands of people in Wisconsin will lose coverage under Medicaid due to Walker's rejection of the federal Medicaid expansion and those people will need to buy federally-subsidized private insurance.

At a stop in Eau Claire, the governor said he's concerned about premiums with the insurance exchange.

"Obamacare was sold as the Affordable Care Act. By just about any measure, it is anything but affordable. Our premiums continue to rise. The American Society of Actuaries has laid out, they think in Wisconsin's case, it could go up by as much as 82 percent for individual health insurance premiums by 2017," said Walker.

The exchanges begin taking applications in October and begin actual operation in January.

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