Just two days remain until New Jersey’s deadline for Governor Christie to make a decision on the health care exchanges outlined in the Affordable Care Act. The federal deadline was to be December 16. Our State Legislature, in the interests of our State’s autonomy, told DC they couldn’t tell us what to do, and then proceeded to move the deadline ten days earlier. I guess Trenton showed HHS who’s boss around here.
As in the case of the previous health insurance exchanges, Governor Christie has been very vague regarding what he intends to do. There is the option of setting up a state exchange, a joint federal/state exchange or letting the federal government operate the exchange themselves.
On the one hand, as quoted in northjersey.com last month, he has said “if ObamaCare is going to be the law of the land,” he’s “going to comply.” I wonder how many Governors in the North said that about the Fugitive Slave Act in the 1850s? And does this also mean you’re planning on backing off the push for sports betting? Those were two federal acts masquerading as the law of the land.
On the other hand, he has said “[the White House] won’t answer our questions, so I can’t evaluate how much this will cost my State.” How about our health care freedom, Governor? Is that costly enough to say no to the exchanges?Details