You thought that because the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the political posturing by opponents would end? Fat chance — especially in a presidential election year. Opponents of the Obama administration's signature legislation are looking for any angle with which to delay and confound its implementation — and one popular tactic is stonewalling the health insurance exchanges prescribed by the law. These online marketplaces are meant to help uninsured consumers find coverage and access subsidies.
Each state must build its own exchange, or the Department of Health and Human Services will build one for it. That might end up being the case for more than half of the states, as a report earlier this week in the Tulsa World indicated that 29 states have no plans in place for their own exchanges. Here's what politicians and observers in those states are saying in opposition to constructing the exchanges.