Wisconsin gov.-elect asks for flexibility with healthcare reform law

Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Republican governor-elect, wrote to President Obama this week requesting maximum state flexibility in meeting the healthcare reform law's coverage requirements.

"As you might know, I raised major concerns about the (healthcare reform law) especially with respect to the individual federal mandate provision," the letter states. "However, it is my hope that your administration will allow Wisconsin to take a free-market, consumer driven system approach under the health care exchange provisions of the federal act."

The letter comes as Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) are pushing legislation that would allow states to ignore the individual mandate and other provisions of the law as long as they cover at least as many people, at least as well and as cheaply as required by the law.