Obama says implementing health law harder as some states opt out

WASHINGTON Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:58am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures while talking in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, April 30, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures while talking in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, April 30, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The decision by some states, particularly large ones such as Texas, to opt out of the health insurance marketplace is making it harder for federal health officials to implement such exchanges, President Barack Obama said.

"I think it's harder, there's no doubt about it," Obama told reporters on Tuesday. "It puts more of a burden on us."

The state-based exchanges, created under the 2010 healthcare law, were designed to offer individuals a centralized place to buy health insurance policies for 2014. But a number of mostly Republican-led states have opted out, pushing individuals to the back-up federally run exchange.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Jackie Frank)

(This story was refiled to add dropped words to quote in the second paragraph.)

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Comments (16)
fedupamerican wrote:
I think it is funny that the liar and thief is saying it is harder to implement the nation breaker that Obamacare is by states opting out when ALL of congress is doing the same thing because it is such a BAD law and overly expensive and job killing etc…

Apr 30, 2013 12:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
spca wrote:
good for texas

Apr 30, 2013 12:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Big2Tex wrote:
Texas should secede. Texans never have and never will have any use for Barrack Hussein Obama. (well there is one use but that can’t be uttered)

Apr 30, 2013 12:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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