City & State: No Health Exchanges? No Problem, Sebelius Says

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President Barack Obama’s top health official said yesterday she doesn’t mind if New York state delays implementation of a key portion of the president’s signature Affordable Care Act. —

“I think they’ve been waiting for more information and that’s pretty appropriate,” U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said. “I think people want to see what the court decision is, and I understand that.”

Republicans in the state Senate blocked Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push this year to set up health insurance exchanges, which would set up marketplaces for individuals and small businesses to buy health insurance by 2014. They blamed uncertainty about yet-to-be-written federal rules and the cost of still-to-be-determined benefits.

The so-called “Obamacare” law has been deeply unpopular among the Republican base, however, and has sparked a U.S. Supreme Court hearing slated for March – giving Republican senators little incentive to move forward on a bill some feared would become a liability.

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