Heineman not looking back on health exchange decision

Governor Dave Heineman and the Nebraska legislature decided to let the federal government create a health insurance exchange for Nebraska, and Heineman said it was the right decision. The Governor was in Gering Thursday presenting awards to organizations that advocate safety and wellness.

Heineman says a state exchange would cost Nebraska taxpayers $470 million more over eight years than a federal exchange.

Secondly, Heineman says the government has made it very clear from the start that whether it is a State or Federal exchange, they would maintain total control. Under those circumstances, he said it was the right decision for the state.

The Governor added that he feels they should have suspended implementation of the legislation for six months or a year to make sure they were ready to go. Heineman says we've obviously seen the difficulties within the last 48 hours that show technologically they were not ready for the implementation of the new health care act.

Under the federal law, states can operate their own exchanges, partner with the federal government on operations or leave the job entirely up to the federal government.

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