Deal: Georgia Won't Create Health-Care Exchange

8:18 AM, Nov 17, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says Georgia will not create the health insurance exchanges required under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The Republican governor wrote a letter to federal officials Friday saying the Democratic president was taking a one-size fits all approach and criticized the law for placing costs on states.

Deal said the federal government should loosen regulations that restrict state options on health care.

Health exchanges are state- or federally run websites that allow consumers to choose a health plan, as well as to compare benefits and costs of each plan. Some states will allow all insurers to participate; others have asked insurers to bid to participate; and some states are creating a list of requirements insurers must meet to participate.

After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the health care overhaul, Deal announced that Georgia would wait until after the presidential election to decide whether to proceed with implementing it. Prominent Republicans had hoped that GOP candidate Mitt Romney would repeal or eliminate all or part of the law had he been elected.

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