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Hawaii, 22 other states proceeding on health law

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar

Associated Press


WASHINGTON » Threatened with repeal just weeks ago, President Barack Obama's health care law now appears on track in close to half the states, with others playing catch-up and the administration readying a fallback for states not wishing to participate.

Friday was the original deadline for states to notify Washington whether they would play a role in building new health insurance markets through which the uninsured can get coverage starting in 2014. Though the administration granted a month's extension, most states have already made their intentions known.

As of Friday, 23 states, including Hawaii, plus Washington, D.C., were proceeding; 15 said they would defer to the federal government to run their markets; and 12 were still mulling over their options. The mostly blue group proceeding included five Republican-led states. The undecided included several states that seemed to be moving toward an active role.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had vowed to begin dismantling "Obama­care" his first day in office. But Romney lost, and instead GOP governors are scrambling to see whether they can find an accommodation with the administration after two years of fighting Obama's signature law.

"The president won the election … and New Jersey is going to comply with the Affordable Care Act," Republican Gov. Chris Christie said Friday. Christie said he still has questions about costs and is weighing his decision. Earlier this year he vetoed legislation creating a state exchange, as the new insurance markets are called.

A check by The Associated Press found that 16 states plus Washington, D.C., want to build their own exchanges. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, individuals, families and small businesses will be able to buy private coverage through an exchange in their state, with most consumers getting government assistance to pay premiums. The exchanges will also help steer low-income, uninsured people into expanded Medicaid programs in many states.

Another seven states have indicated they want to partner with Washington to build their exchanges. Ohio joined this group Friday, and West Virginia officials said they're heading in the same direction.

Fifteen mostly Republican-led states say they'll defer to the federal government to build and run their markets. Georgia and Wisconsin formally joined that group Friday. However, New Hampshire, where Demo­crats won control of the state House in the election, is taking a second look at its decision to default to the feds.

Finally, another 12 undecided states now have until Dec. 14 to determine what role, if any, they'll play.

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soundofreason wrote:
Mandated health care - the Hawaii model to go national. Did you catch that recent article where Hawaii has the lowest adjusted income level of ALL fifty states. And WE'RE the only ones who have this healthcare rule. Can you connect the dots yet? Employers adjust Hawaii's salaries to make up fo the healthcare expense so, AGAIN, guess who's paying for the healthcare.......the employees. Duh. People are going learn that they can't afford...."free". If the landlord's property taxes go up - guess who's rent goes up. So, WHO is really paying the taxes. Got it yet? Source: http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/Ar ticleView/articleId/8102/Hawaii-Adjusted-Income-Lowest-in-USA.aspx
on November 17,2012 | 07:12AM
frontman wrote:
22 out of 50 falling on their knees for obamacare..............fools or democrats, both most likely.
on November 17,2012 | 08:11AM
soundofreason wrote:
Exclusively interchangeable. And more like "falling on their swords" - just can't see the bleeding yet.
on November 17,2012 | 08:47AM
iMal wrote:
In a civilized society, health care is a right, not a privilege. Finally America is joining other civilized nations.
on November 17,2012 | 09:13PM
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