Gov suggests Ga. unlikely to run health exchange
|By BILL BARROW, Associated Press|
Deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he wouldn't disclose his decision until notifying federal authorities. But he noted that the state stopped planning an exchange once federal agencies wrote regulations that he says restrict
The decision to stop, Deal says, is "probably a pretty good indication of where we are headed."
The law gives states the option to run the exchanges or default to the federal government. The exchanges would allow individuals to shop for private insurance.
Whether consumers would notice real differences between a federal or state exchange remains to be seen. But Deal's reticence underscores the continued philosophical and political wrangling that surrounds implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Deal said he was initially inclined to consider a state-run exchange, and in 2011, he appointed a committee that advised him on how to proceed. That panel opted against recommending a state-managed exchange.
By the time the
Asked for an example of a policy that
The governor said the Obama administration's preferred approach is to push uninsured individuals to the exchange markets where they can buy individual plans. Many of those customers will have their premiums subsidized by the federal government, depending on their income levels.
At this point, she said, "
But she said a state-run exchange might better serve consumers who have trouble, because regulators and staff members "know the
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