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Dems nervous about health plan



Published: Sun, August 4, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE

Democratic governors say they are nervous about getting the new federal health-care law implemented but add they will be better positioned in next year’s elections than many of their Republican counter- parts who have resisted the far-reaching and politically polarizing measure.

Several of the 12 Democratic governors shared that sense of nervousness-veiled-by-optimism at the National Governors Association meeting Saturday in Milwaukee.

By next Jan. 1, most people will be required to have insurance.

States have to set up exchanges by Oct. 1, when uninsured individuals can start buying subsidized private health coverage that would go into effect Jan. 1, and businesses with more than 50 employees working 30 or more hours a week were supposed to offer affordable health care to their workers or risk a series of escalating tax penalties.

But businesses said they needed more time, and on July 2, President Barack Obama’s administration abruptly extended the deadline one year — to Jan. 1, 2015.

That caused some Democrats in Congress to worry the program would not be ready on time, as states are building online platforms for their residents to use to comply with the law.


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