States' Choices Set up National Health Experiment 2/17/13
February 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is unfolding
as a national experiment with American consumers as the guinea pigs: Who will do
a better job getting uninsured people covered, the states or the feds?
The nation is about evenly split between states that want a say in running
new insurance markets and those, like Texas, that are defaulting to federal
control because they don't want to participate in "Obamacare."
A recent AP poll found that Americans prefer to have states run the new
markets by 63 percent to 32 percent. Among conservatives the margin was nearly 4
to 1 in favor of state control. But they're not budging in Austin. In the words
of a spokeswoman for Governor Rick Perry, "Texas is not interested in being a
subcontractor to Obamacare."