Christie, Scott hold the line on ObamaCare exchanges

posted at 8:41 pm on February 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The clock ran down today on ObamaCare’s already-extended deadlines for states to figure out whether they’d be formulating their own state-run health insurance exchanges, resigning the task over to the federal government, or forging some kind of partnership — and three more GOP-led states have reported that they’re officially disinclined to acquiesce the Obama administration’s request. Via The Hill:

Three Republican governors said Friday they will not work with the Obama administration to establish new insurance exchanges in their states.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said they would not embrace a “partnership” model for their exchanges — the central component of President Obama’s healthcare law. …

The governors’ rejections mean that the federal government will run exchanges in New Jersey, Florida and Tennessee.

Although all three governors had already rejected operating a fully state-run exchange, they were toying with the ideas of forming some kind of federal partnership, and Chris Christie and Rick Scott’s decisions were by no means a sure thing. Gov. Rick Scott was one of ObamaCare’s original outspoken opponents, but Florida going for Obama in November apparently made him momentarily reconsider his options — and Chris Christie, a Republican governor in a very blue state, has the somewhat politically conflicting interests of both his gubernatorial reelection and his 2016 presidential ambitions in mind. Forming a federal partnership would have flown fairly okay with New Jersey but not so much with the wider conservative base; hence the, ‘I’m not being uncooperative, I’m just doing whats best for New Jersey’ line:

“My Administration is committed to meeting our obligation to comply with the Affordable Care Act, but only in a manner that is the most effective and efficient for the residents of New Jersey, and the businesses that will carry the costs of this new program,” Christie said in a statement as he rejected the partnership exchange. …

“In order to move forward in a manner that best meets that standard for our families and businesses, and that ensures that all New Jerseyans have access to the best healthcare options supported by the most effective insurance coverage, I have determined that federal operation of the Exchange is the responsible choice for our state,” he said.

I doubt the Obama administration is going to be super pleased about this — they’ve promised that the insurance exchanges will all be ready by their scheduled rollout next fall, but this is not going to do anything to help mitigate their insane workload.


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Come on States….

We have all these new IRS agents that need something to do..

Electrongod on February 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

ObamaCare is the largest undertaking in the history of the world. And it will implemented by the same people who couldn’t deliver bottled water to New Jersey.

Curtiss on February 15, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Only reason Florida went blue is because the natives in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami voted for him. 90% of the state’s counties are still red.

Static on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

The IRS can’t even handle their website for checking the status of your refund. Apparently, their server can’t handle it and are telling people to quit going on too often. And these are the people who will set up healthcare exchanges on the internet???? Okey Dokey.

BeachBum on February 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I thought that Obamacare does not authorize the feds to set up exchanges for states that elect to forego them. I know that neither statute nor Constitution is a barrier to the Obama regime, but doesn’t this create implementation problems?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

“In order to move forward in a manner that best meets that standard for our families and businesses, and that ensures that all New Jerseyans have access to the best healthcare options supported by the most effective insurance coverage, I have determined that federal operation of the Exchange is the responsible choice for our state,” he said.

…how many doughnuts are involved?

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I thought that Obamacare does not authorize the feds to set up exchanges for states that elect to forego them. I know that neither statute nor Constitution is a barrier to the Obama regime, but doesn’t this create implementation problems?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

From the Supreme decision last year..

The feds don’t have the power to force a State to do something..

But the Feds can do it themselves..

So I understand..

Electrongod on February 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

From the Supreme decision last year..

The feds don’t have the power to force a State to do something..

But the Feds can do it themselves..

So I understand..

Electrongod on February 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM

But don’t the feds require Congressional authorization (law), to say nothing of Congressional funding?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Way to go Gov. Scott!

BioTeachEd on February 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM

This is a federal clusterfrack, let them deal with it.

Scrumpy on February 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

But don’t the feds require Congressional authorization (law), to say nothing of Congressional funding?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

I believe they did (Congress..that is..Nancy with help from Reid and Obama).

Electrongod on February 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Good decision. Give them each some frack juice. ;-)

tommy71 on February 15, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Only reason Florida went blue is because the natives in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami voted for him. 90% of the state’s counties are still red.

Static on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

dont be blaming Jax for this mess. i live here in Jacksonville and the numbers at the end of the election showed we voted for romney here. it was miami tampa and the cesspit college cities that voted obama

katee bayer on February 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Only reason Florida went blue is because the natives in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami voted for him. 90% of the state’s counties are still red.

Static on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

You don’t live in Florida, do you?

katy the mean old lady on February 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I thought that Obamacare does not authorize the feds to set up exchanges for states that elect to forego them. I know that neither statute nor Constitution is a barrier to the Obama regime, but doesn’t this create implementation problems?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 8:59 PM

No, the hang up for Obama is that Obamacare doesn’t allow federal exchanges to dole out subsidies. Only state exchanges may do so. This was supposed to be incentive for the states to set them up. The IRS has interpreted Obamacare in such a way that the Feds can dole out subsidies. Oklahoma has taken the administration to court over the matter. If OK wins it will be a huge blow to Obamacare.

Charlemagne on February 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

ObamaCare does not have to be the law of any land.

JellyToast on February 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Charlemagne on February 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Thanks for the explanation.

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Can I say that that is the most hilarious picture of Christie ever?? It looks like he is contemplating his next snack.

Illinidiva on February 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Only reason Florida went blue is because the natives in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami voted for him. 90% of the state’s counties are still red.

Static on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I am guessing you meant to say transplants rather than natives.

Libs love to move from “Progressive” ie:highly taxed states to those with no state income tax. Many of them are retirees, but many are escaping from the bastions of freedom such as NY, NJ, Conn, the Midwest ect. They seem to do so for two reasons. One: the weather is awesome. Two: no state income tax.
Unfortunately, they are still Libs and rapidly vote for people and laws that will turn a “once haven” into that of which they escaped. They just can’t help them self, after all, they are Libs.

It reminds me of Muslims, they flee their oppressive country, once settled in an comfy, try to turn their adopted home into the same hellhole they escaped.

BTW, I moved to the Clearwater area from NJ 23 yr ago for reasons one and two.

MaxSplinters on February 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Way to go Bill ‘the RINO’ Haslam. Not a fan of yours but I will take this and give you a thumbs up. Now, please, House Members, right and left, that love this country, please defund this awful monstrosity. Grow a spine.

FastTalker on February 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

I guess the state democratic parties will be out campaigning against these governors now.

The administration knows all about campaigning, nothing about executing a plan.

virgo on February 16, 2013 at 12:34 AM

ObamaCare does not have to be the law of any land.

JellyToast on February 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The law (apparently) is whatever Obama says it is–and the opposition won’t stop him.

Don L on February 16, 2013 at 3:54 AM

Will someone explain to me once again why it’s a good thing to make encroaching armies of feds come into each state to control programs instead of less of them doing it from Washington?
Isn’t this the opposite of what we wanted the King’s forces to do-get out of our hair?

Don L on February 16, 2013 at 3:57 AM

But don’t the feds require Congressional authorization (law), to say nothing of Congressional funding?

obladioblada on February 15, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Ah, you are thinking of the days when the (federal) government at least mostly believed in the Constitution and the rule of law. That was before the self-proclaimed enlightened Obama-ites showed us that sort of thinking was so antiquated and un-helpful. (/sarc) Well, at least for the law side. They’re going to have to come up with new tricks for funding.

Kevin K. on February 16, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Way to go! Very disappointed Brewer and Kasich succumbed

ctmom on February 16, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Great Scott ! I’m proud of you !

Lucano on February 16, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I doubt the Obama administration is going to be super pleased about this

I consider that a bonus.

Physics Geek on February 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Only reason Florida went blue is because the natives in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami voted for him. 90% of the state’s counties are still red.

Static on February 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Not really. There are a significant number of blue counties. Palm Beach County turned solid blue after Rush Limbaugh moved there for instance.

CorporatePiggy on February 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM

I’m disgusted that Snyder has caved in Michigan. The Michigan Legislature voted down establishing a state exchange. Now Snyder has decided to embrace the so-called “partnership” to get “free” federal monies. He’ll be out of office when the real sh!t hits the fan. There’s always free cheese in a mousetrap.

cheeflo on February 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Just one more sign of a federal bureaucracy that habitually bites more than they can chew. Looking forward to when they start choking.

yenober on February 16, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Will someone explain to me once again why it’s a good thing to make encroaching armies of feds come into each state to control programs instead of less of them doing it from Washington?
Isn’t this the opposite of what we wanted the King’s forces to do-get out of our hair?

Don L on February 16, 2013 at 3:57 AM

Because the Feds are going to run the show anyway, whether the states cooperate or not.

cheeflo on February 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I thought we had more than this.

DeathtotheSwiss on February 16, 2013 at 1:39 PM

We TEA Party Patriots in Michigan are fighting the government on a weekly basis to force our politicians to remain the course and NOT accept Democrat-Scare monies to create one of the supposed ‘state run DEATH insurance exchanges’. It is very difficult to stop STUPID when it rears its ugly head.

The MIGOP Convention is next week. I, one of the CREDENTIALED DELEGATES, expect to see many of our politicians cowering in fear. Indeed, they’ve been sending polls our way via the e-mails and phone. We REFUSE to answer those and I think that scares the elitists the most. BWAHAHAHAhahahaha…

Being relevantvent to the discussion feels very good. It definitely is better than being amongst the powerless outsiders.

DannoJyd on February 17, 2013 at 1:32 AM