Wisconsin lawmakers ask state health secretary about plan if court strikes down subsidies

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades says it would be up to the federal government to deal with the fallout if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that subsidies offered under President Barack Obama's health care law are unconstitutional.

Rhoades was asked Tuesday during a briefing before the Legislature's budget committee whether she had a plan for dealing with the possibility that the court may strike down the subsidies.

Gov. Scott Walker turned down federal money to expand Medicaid and instead forced anyone earning above the poverty line to purchase subsidized insurance through the federal health exchange.

Rhoades says if the Supreme Court strikes down the subsidies the state will work with its federal partners "to make sure they get it fixed right."

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