Good news for them: The Obama administration has decided to give them more time! From a letter from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to the governors:
You recently requested additional time to declare whether states will run a State-based Exchange. Under the law, we are required to certify states' plans to run their own Exchange in 2014 by January 1, 2013. While receiving a letter of intent now will help us assist states in finalizing their application, a state may submit both a letter of intent and an application to operate its own Exchange by December 14.Hooray—Republican slacker governors now have a little more time to finish up their homework. Or, for that matter, to at least start on it. In the meantime, Gov. Rick Perry is going for the path of less work:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has officially notified the federal government that the state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance.He's against the federal government, you see, but he's even more against his state doing things of their own free will. So there you go.
Perry sent a letter to Health and Human Services Commissioner Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday that Washington will have to set up the exchange instead.