|RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press|
Friday was the original deadline for states to notify
As of Friday, 22 states plus
"Postelection it's really been `game on,'" said
Republican presidential candidate
"The president won the election...and
A check by The Associated Press found that 16 states plus
The exchanges will also help steer low-income, uninsured people into expanded
Another six states have indicated they want to partner with
Fifteen Republican-led states say they'll defer to the federal government to build and run their markets.
Finally, another 13 undecided states now have until
Obama's election victory guaranteed the survival of his health care law, which is eventually expected to provide coverage to more than 30 million people through the exchanges and expanded
"I don't like it; I would not vote for it; I think it needs to be repealed. But it is the law," said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner
Traditionally, states have regulated the private health insurance market.
But other Republican-led states say they don't have enough information to make a decision at this point and are clamoring for the Obama administration to release major regulations bottled up for months.