The majority of governors let the Obama administration know on Dec. 14 that their states would opt not to begin building their own state health care exchanges, which means that the federal government will take responsibility for them, reported the New York Times.
Seventeen states told federal officials that they did plan to run the exchanges, or online venue where people can easily compare different health insurance plans, themselves. However, each plan is subject to federal approval.
States have until Feb. 15 to announce if they want to work in partnership with the federal government.
Some governors have expressed frustration with what they claim are unanswered questions they have put to the Obama administration, and they believe states will end up paying more if they accept responsibility themselves.
Both Tennessee and Pennsylvania considered running their own exchanges but ultimately decided against it for those reasons.
“State authority to run a health insurance exchange is illusory,” Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said, according to the Times. “In reality, Pennsylvania would end up shouldering all of the costs by 2015, but have no authority to govern the program.”
[Image via AFP]