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With the impending election, there are an increasing number of articles regarding how states are dealing with the changes associated with the Affordable Care Act. It seems that the overall opinion is that they are not dealing with it at all. According to the article "Most States not prepared to deal with health care law" (Oct. 7), more than three dozen states will not meet or choose not to meet the deadline for setting up their own health insurance exchange. This will leave the federal government responsible for creating insurance exchanges for these states.
Whether they are led by Republicans or Democrats, I find the states' lack of participation disappointing. Yes, creating an exchange will be costly and will require the development of a call center, website and other resources, but the ACA delivers the prospect of reducing the number of the millions of uninsured Americans. States are being given the opportunity to create exchanges that tailor to their specific populations and it would appear as though the majority is squandering the opportunity.
First Published October 17, 2012 12:00 am