“Gov. Bob McDonnell defends his plan to shred Virginia’s healthcare safety net by maintaining that federal healthcare reforms will render many of the medical services they provide obsolete.
It’s a cynical argument, given his public support for lawsuits that would gut the reforms before they begin. It’s also a dangerous argument that could disrupt medical care for many thousands of Virginians. … No one knows how the organizations will fit into a new healthcare system, but there is no doubt they will still be needed.”
—Roanoke (Va.) Times
“The 2010 healthcare reform law gave states until Jan. 1, 2014, to create ‘exchanges’ in which individuals and small businesses could shop for insurance policies. If the states don’t, the federal government will operate exchanges for them. The requirement poses a quandary for lawmakers who oppose the federal law. ... The answer is that each state should set up an exchange regardless of how its lawmakers feel about ‘Obamacare,’ because it would help ameliorate the very real problems consumers face in the health insurance market.”
—Los Angeles Times
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