Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Health Care Exchange Legislation
Citing the imprudence of imposing obligations on
"I am concerned that a hastily created exchange in
In March of this year - just 10 days following the Assembly's passage of Assembly Bill 2171 - the
"Because it is not known whether the Affordable Care Act will remain, in whole or in part, it would be imprudent for
The Governor's veto cites a variety of concerns and uncertainty within the legislation, many of which hinge on the outcome of the
* The bill commits
* The bill's mechanism for certifying health plan participation in the exchange limits the pool of plan participants, which will likely reduce options and increase costs.
* The composition of the proposed exchange's board of directors lacks representation by all stakeholders and improvidently provides a salary of
Without these and other basic issues regarding the future of the Affordable Care Act decided, it is impossible to know whether A-2171 best suits the interests and needs of all of New Jerseyans who will be required to finance these policy choices.
Primary sponsors of A-2171 include Assemblymembers
* A copy of the Governor's veto message (http://nj.gov/governor/news/news/552012/pdf/A-2171_AV.pdf)
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