A small group of governors are resisting some major provisions in President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law that require states to set up online health insurance markets where consumers can purchase private coverage at subsidized rates provided by the federal government.
Public health advocates say politicians in red states are refusing Obamacare in fear of a “communist-takeover” in the country and that taxpayer’s money would be used to fund abortion, egg donor bank networks, and various anti-Christian health programs.
On Friday, Republican leaders, three of the five governors — representing Ohio, Michigan and Florida — expressed a willingness to work with Washington as reforms inch toward a January 1, 2014, deadline for full operation.
The news came a day after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services extended its deadline for states to say whether they would operate their own exchanges. The positions reveal an emerging split between Republican…
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