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Sorry Obamabots. The feds created the mess, the feds can administer the mess. New Jersey won't be helping Obamacare trample our freedom.
Governor Christie has vetoed legislation that would have set up a state-run health exchange needed to implement the federal Affordable Care Act in New Jersey.
Though the Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill to have the state run its own exchange, New Jersey under Christie, a Republican, had been one of several states delaying a final decision.
Christie said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that the federal government hadn't provided "all the necessary information" he needed to make decision.
"Any other action than this would be fiscally irresponsible," Christie said in a statement.
"Thus far, we lack such critical information from the federal government," he said. "I will not ask New Jerseyans to commit today to a state-based exchange when the federal government cannot tell us what it will cost, how that cost compares to other options, and how much control they will give the states over this option that comes at the cost of our state's taxpayers."
Alas, it looks like the feds don't exactly have their act together. They never imagined states would want to opt-out of Obamacare. You know, because it's so swell and all.
Will the feds be ready to provide an insurance exchange in all of the states that don't have one on October 1, 2013?
I have no idea. And neither does anyone else I talk to inside the Beltway. We only hear vague reports that parts of the new federal exchange information systems are in testing.
The former CIA director couldn't get away with an affair in this town but the Obama administration has a complete lid on just where they are on health insurance exchanges and haven't shown any willingness to want to talk about their progress toward launching on time — except to tell us all not to worry.
We are all worried. I would not want to be responsible for the work that remains and only have ten months to do it…
And Christie wasn't kidding about that cost uncertainty either. The lobbyists are chomping at the bit to lard these exchanges up with all sorts of mandatory, necessary coverages. Like accupuncture.
This is happening as states develop the requirements for insurance under Obamacare. Chiropractors and acupuncturists are lobbying to make sure that their services are included among the "essential" services that the new insurance must provide.
Also, infertility treatments. Which kinda goes against that whole free birth control shibboleth, but hey, nobody ever said liberals had to obey logic.
Good for Governor Christie. The less we have to do with this trainwreck the
better off we'll be.
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