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Health Exchanges Being Formed Despite Opposition to Healthcare Law

Most Republican lawmakers at the state level have come out against the healthcare reform law passed early last year, but some may not be against...
January 5, 2011

Most Republican lawmakers at the state level have come out against the healthcare reform law passed early last year, but some may not be against certain steps designed to implement it. In Virginia last month, a federal judge ruled that the law's individual mandate to buy insurance was unconstitutional. The next day, however, a task force appointed by Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell recommended the implementation of the state's health insurance exchange earlier than federal requirements. "Obviously the governors and attorney generals involved with these lawsuits are responding to the politics of this and pursuing a legislative course of action," says Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University. Regardless of politics, all states are accepting some kind of grant under the Affordable Care Act, says HealthCare.gov.

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