As the fiscal cliff discussions in Washington move forward, don’t be surprised if you soon hear about President Barack Obama requesting an extension on his signature legislative achievement. It turns out the Obama administration, already well behind schedule in implementing the president’s namesake health care law, may want to delay its implementation even further.
The cause is a bipartisan group of governors in more than 20 states who have declined to implement the state-based versions of insurance exchanges mandated by Obama’s law. Instead, they’ll leave that to the federal government to do, which is likely to turn into an expensive bureaucratic mess.
So why is it that the governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have all said no to a state-implemented health insurance exchange? In part, it’s because even if they wanted to implement one, they understand it’s a massive project that won’t lower health insurance costs and is certain to cost the states’ taxpayers.