Business interests, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer push for implementation of health care exchange [Arizona Capitol Times]
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Under the federal law, states have the option to run their own health insurance exchange, which will ultimately be a web portal where individuals and businesses can buy insurance. If states choose not to implement the exchanges, the federal government will do it for them.
Although she opposes the idea, Gov.
But key legislators and some conservative advocacy groups fiercely resist the idea of going forward with any part of the system, arguing that establishing the exchange is aiding the implementation of what they have derisively dubbed "Obamacare."
The clash of opinions was at full display during a special committee hearing on the health exchange early
During the meeting, representatives from the business community and insurance industry told lawmakers
They said that if
"The ultimate question to ask yourselves as
"The answer is clearly the latter," he said.
The harshest critics of the health exchange argued if
"It is just plain incongruous to be at once challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare in the courts while at the same time enacting the provisions of it as a state," she said.
Cohen also called out Brewer for making tentative steps to set up the exchange.
"We will not have any say in that, and our contention is it is better for
In order to meet the