More GOP governors refuse to implement ACA insurance exchanges
thenEarlier this week, the Obama administration extended a crucial deadline for individual states to submit plans to implement the Affordable Care Act’s mandated insurance exchanges. This concept was conceived, in part, to tamp down claims that the law is a “government takeover,” allowing each state some flexibility in how they’ll run their version of the system. The reason it had to be extended? Many states had taken no steps to meet the original November 15th deadline, hoping for GOP wins at the presidential and senate levels that would jeopardize the law.
nowThe number of states refusing to take part is swelling. Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, and Paul LePage of Maine followed suit today, with Speaker John Boehner saying of Kasich, “I’m proud of my governor … for taking a stand and resisting the federal takeover of healthcare in Ohio.” There’s a certain contradiction in all this — by refusing to set up state-run exchanges, these governors are in fact willingly ceding that job entirely to the federal government. To this date, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming have all refused. source
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