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Governors Clash Over Obamacare Enactment

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Did you think the Supreme Court was the final say on Obamacare?

Could there be a state rebellion brewing over the implementation of Obamacare? On Friday, more governors announced they will not implement a key part of the new health care law. This in spite of the Obama administration's effort to give states more time to implement the Affordable Care Act in place.

The list of disgruntled governors is growing rapidly.

The latest are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Maine Gov. Paul Le Page. They join more than a dozen GOP governors who already notified the administration/government it's no dice to setting up state insurance exchanges in 2013.

Their solution? Let the federal government do it.

"Operating a state exchange would not provide the flexibility to meet state's unique needs or to protect our state's taxpayers," Walker said. He led a successful campaign to curb the power of unions in Wisconsin and beat back a recall resoundingly.

"Obamacare is The Law of The Land"

Gov. Kasich of Ohio to join the other two governors in the latest act of federal government defiance did not go unnoticed in Washington. Ironically after saying "Obamacare is the law of the land" earlier this week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, "I'm proud of my governor ... for taking a stand and resisting federal takeover of health care in Ohio."

Huh?

Exchanges are designed to allow Americans not covered by health insurance at work to shop online. Insurance companies will have to meet new minimal standards or be in violation of federal law.

Thus, many states required to open these exchanges by next fall to allow smooth sailing for the bill's prescribed beginning, January 2014, is being challenged. The decision concerning the complexity and cost of state exchanges is a flash point in a very partisan battle to enact the law.

Many States Decide to Run Their Own Exchanges

Many states have decided to run their own exchanges rather than the federal government to intervene. That would include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Fifteen of the states voted for Obama while only two voted for Romney.

Those states deferring completely to the federal government include Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Thirteen states voted for Romney while only three voted for Obama.

Obama Administration Grants Extra Month

Republican governors have asked for more time to decide whether they wish to run state exchanges. Last Thursday the Obama administration granted them an extra month to decide.

The remaining states still undecided include Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

Eight of the states voted for Romney while Five voted for Obama.

How this standoff ends is anyone's guess, but it is certain to get more contentious before any resolution is found.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Read more stories by Dwight L. Schwab Jr..

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