Health Care Insurance Exchange Update; Monday, July 23, 2012
Posted Jul 23 2012 12:00am
State Senators and Governors are waiting November 6 to see
who will be our president. Those who are beginning or have already set up
exchanges for their states are in the minority. But most states are waiting and
crossing their fingers to see whether or not President Obama or Mitt Romney
will win the election.
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According to the Washington Post , Virginia state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II came up
with a strategy that is not new but has decided to join the bandwagon in doing
his: do nothing. But, Cuccinelli believes that he has found a mistake in the
wording of the law. He mentions that the law states that the penalty for those
who do not have health care are not imposed if the exchanges are set up by the
federal government. Cuccinelli believes that he has found the silver lining to
striking down the health care law. This gaffe in wording has been identified by
supporters of the bill and said that the state attorney general’s attack on the
bill is nothing but wishful thinking. While others who are staunch opponents of
the bill are saying this very thing could bring down the bill.
But there is a rather surprising voice that is urging states
to set up their own state-run exchanges.
Michael O. Leavitt, a top aide for Mitt Romney runs a consulting
firm in his spare time when called Leavitt Partners who actually advise and
help states set up their own exchanges. According to The New York Times , H\he has advised states like
Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Mississippi among others despite the fact that the
majority of that he is a top aide for a Republican nominee who has said on
multiple occasions that the first thing he will do is to repeal the health care
law. But he wants states to set up their own exchanges so that that they will
not have to rely upon the federal government to use their template. And with
this news, there are some questions surrounding the Romney campaign about his stance.
However, in a blog post Director of Leavitt Partners Daniel J. Schuyler said
that regardless of your opinion of the health care law, exchanges just make
This November, the Health Insurance Exchange Congress
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discuss PPACA and strategize on how to make this a successful
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