Administration extends ObamaCare’s insurance exchange deadline

Following up on this morning’s story, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has extended the deadline for states to decide whether or not to participate in the ObamaCare’s state health insurance exchanges (emphasis mine):

Responding to governors who said they needed more time, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gave states until December 14 to apply to operate their own exchanges. The deadline had been Friday.

The Obama Administration had argued that states were required to setup the exchanges, which will cost states anywhere from $10 million to $100 million to implement. The Supreme Court, however, shot that argument down, allowing states the option to participate in both the exchanges and Medicaid expansion, which will be even more costly to taxpayers.

As of this morning, 19 states have declined to participate in the health insurance exchanges and at least a few more are expected to opt-out.

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