Some GOP Governors Oppose ObamaCare Exchanges; Others Relent

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
11/19/2012
       
Some GOP Governors Oppose ObamaCare Exchanges; Others Relent

Another governor is adding his name to the list of state executives opposing the ObamaCare mandates.  This past week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that he will recommend that his state legislature refuse to create a health insurance exchange as required by ObamaCare. Bentley also called for the rejection of federal grant money earmarked for the expansion of Medicaid in the states.

Another governor is adding his name to the list of state executives opposing the ObamaCare mandates.

This past week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (pictured) announced that he will recommend that his state legislature refuse to create a health insurance exchange as required by ObamaCare. Bentley also called for the rejection of federal grant money earmarked for the expansion of Medicaid in the states.

"I will not set up a state exchange in Alabama," the governor said at a speech to the Birmingham Business Alliance, as reported by the Birmingham News.

To make his opinion of the federal health care behemoth very clear, Bentley has also called ObamaCare "the worst piece of legislation passed in my lifetime," in an article published by the Associated Press (AP).

Reporting on Bentley’s announcement, the AP wrote:

Bentley, a physician, created a commission last year to study creation of an exchange, but he was also one of 21 Republican governors who complained to the Obama administration that states needed more flexibility in deciding which companies participate and what benefits are covered.

The exchanges will give the uninsured a place to price insurance and apply for subsidies. Bentley said Tuesday operating an exchange could cost Alabama up to $50 million a year.

According to an Alabama newspaper, Governor Bentley refuses to modify Medicaid “because it is broken."

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Photo of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley: AP Images

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