September 2, 2014

Kind says health exchanges key in lowering health care costs

A recent report from Citizen Action of Wisconsin found health care costs around the state vary widely, with prices differing by as much as $1,800 a year. Democratic Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) says those figures shows why the Affordable Care Act was so important, arguing it will help to bring those costs under control.

Kind says the nation needs to change the way it pays for health care, with the focus being on the value and quality of care, rather than the volume of services being provided. He says the creation of health exchanges in the coming years will accomplish that goal by giving consumers more options, bringing in more competition and transparency to help consumers make better choices about their care.

The La Crosse Democrat says it’s unfortunate Governor Walker “punted” on Wisconsin creating its own exchange, but he hopes to work with federal officials to design one that will work for the Badger State.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:07)