From the online posting service that now passes for the combined Huntsville, Birmingham, and Mobile Alabama “newspaper”
Gov. Robert Bentley said [about insurance exchanges] in July that he wanted to see the post-election “political landscape” before deciding whether Alabama will set up its own health care exchange as required by the Affordable Care Act. With President Obama winning a second term, the political landscape does not exactly favor repeal of the federal healthcare overhaul. “Our position remains that we will let the federal government know our intentions by the November 16 deadline set by the Department of Health and Human Services,” said Bentley Press Secretary Jennifer Ardis.
Then again, maybe not
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, in a statement called the Affordable Care Act an “abomination.” “With the president and his team winning reelection on Tuesday, it’s obvious that Obamacare is not going away anytime soon, no matter how big an abomination it may be,” Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said in a statement. “The issue of insurance exchanges is one that requires a great deal of study and consideration, both of which are ongoing. I have no confidence in the federal government’s ability to run any program here the way Alabamians would want it to be run.”
The article points out the the deeply conservative southern Republican’s find themselves in a Catch 22 of Congress’ making
Republican politicians staunchly opposed to the ACA find themselves in somewhat tricky political territory. Moving forward with implementation of an exchange might be seen by some constituent groups as yielding to the healthcare overhaul. Or they can do nothing, and risk losing control and the federal government stepping in and designing their state’s exchange.
Speaker Hubbard ends his quote with a statement that in the end the legislature will do “what’s best for the taxpayer.” I hope by taxpayer he means all the citizens of Alabama.