Well, if nobody else is going to say it, I will: the federal government did not want to do this.
States received an extra month from the Obama administration to decide whether to build online marketplaces for medical insurance after Republican governors pressed their resistance to the president’s health-care law.
Extending a deadline set for today, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said states can wait until Dec. 14 to declare whether they’ll build their own insurance exchanges. States that opt out can join a partnership with the federal government or let the U.S. run the markets.
And the fact that the federal government does not want to do it is such a sad thing that it makes me cry. You can’t see it, of course, but the waterworks are well and truly on. I can barely see the screen through the tears…
PS: Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon had to write a letter telling the feds that he was explicitly forbidden to unilaterally set up an state exchange without the legislature’s permission, which was… not forthcoming. I imagine that stung, a little.