After Delays, NJ Weighs Health Care Options
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
President Obama's re-election means that his signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, will be fully implemented over the next two years. The Christie administration had put off taking some of the required steps, instead waiting to see how the election played out.
One of the key requirements of ACA is a requirement that everyone purchase insurance, and that state’s are expected to set up a health insurance exchange, a marketplace where individuals can shot for health insurance benefits. Christie vetoed legislation that would have set up such an exchange.
Governor Chris Christie faces a November 16 deadline on whether to agree to set up an exchange or let the federal government take over the task.
Lee Keogh, a managing editor with our partner New Jersey Spotlight, tells WNYC’s Amy Eddings there will be an exchange one way or another, but New Jerseyans would prefer that it not be set up by the federal government.