LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 15) – Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman rejected setting up a health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, saying it was simply too expensive.
Heineman made the announcement Thursday, one day before the deadline for states to commit to creating an exchange.
“The reality is that the federal health care law is being totally dictated and totally controlled by the federal government,” he said at a news conference. “On the key issues, there is no real operational difference between a federal exchange and a state exchange. A state exchange is nothing more than the state administering the Affordable Care Act with all of the important and critical decisions made by the federal government.”
The governor’s budget office estimated that a state run exchange would cost roughly $646 million between fiscal years 2013 and 2020, according to an Associated Press report. Heineman also said the state-run option was full of mandates, leaving little control to state lawmakers.Details