Governors push back against Obamacare health insurance exchanges; Sebelius gives on deadline

Obamacare certainly is a resilient beast. The tax that isn’t a tax emerged victorious from multiple Congressional repeal efforts and a Supreme Court challenge in June, and the reelection of President Obama put an end to Mitt Romney’s campaign promise of repeal. The war isn’t over yet, though, as the battlefield has moved to individual states. Though a federal program, Obamacare relies on states to set up health insurance exchanges. The exchanges are scheduled to open on Oct. 1, 2013 to serve as insurance marketplaces for the uninsured.

Governors, though, are pushing back, and the Republican Governors Association succeeded in persuading Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to push back to mid-December a Friday deadline to declare whether they would set up exchanges.

Many governors are opposed to the idea of state-run health insurance companies; others just aren’t prepared and need more time — to finish reading the bill, perhaps. Gives you confidence, huh?

American Commitment President Phil Kerpen has been keeping track of just which states stand where, but note that things can change quickly as state legislatures wrangle internally.

One Tough Nerd? That’s Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told the New York Times that rather than cede control to the federal government, “I’d much prefer control at the state level, but the problem is, I don’t think they are really state-run. Why do I want to take on the potential risk to my taxpayers if I don’t really have any true authority about what’s going to happen?”

Does anyone really know how Obamacare is going to work, or even what’s in it? Or who will pay for it? Why does that pesky question of paying for it keep coming up?

Update:

As expected, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confirmed today that he will not create a state health insurance exchange.

Update:

Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich was never expected to set up an exchange, but he took to Twitter today to make his case.

 

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