As the final deadline for creating state health insurance exchanges passed Friday, New Jersey, Tennessee and Florida said they would not work with the federal government on establishing insurance markets required under ObamaCare.
Exchanges are online markets required under the federal health care law where consumers will be able to buy individual private policies and apply for government subsidies to help pay their premiums.
In his announcement Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said his administration is committed to complying with ObamaCare, but “only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey, and the businesses that will carry the costs of this new program.”
Christie, who previously vetoed legislation establishing a state-run health insurance exchange, said in a statement that the federal government is best equipped to operate the exchange.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, said in a letter to U.S. Health and Human Resources Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the partnership model doesn’t address his concerns over what he called “aggressive federal timelines, a lack of true flexibility for states, and misguided federal policies.”
Haslam noted that he had the same complaints when he rejected a state-based exchange in December. His deadline decision means Tennesseans will participate in an exchange completely run by the federal government.
In Florida, which already missed the deadline for operating an exchange on its own, Gov. Rick Scott also declined to partner with the federal government.
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