States Still Fighting Obamacare

States have been slow to create the health-insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, most likely because of recalcitrant governors waiting to hear the Supreme Court's decision on whether the law is constitutional. The Urban Institute, a think tank, has found that only 14 states have made significant progress in creating the government-subsidized exchanges while 16 had made little or no progress. The study also showed that the states that have been slowest to move have the most uninsured residents. 

The National Governors' Association met yesterday, and discussion on the Affordable Care Act broke down along party lines. Democrats like Pat Quinn of Illinois said “It’s already working ... We’re enthusiastic advocates" while Republicans voiced their support for repealing the law. The federal government has already given states $600 million to help create the health-insurance exchanges.

 

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