Some state governors opposed to Obamacare are nonetheless going ahead with implementation in case the law should survive legal challenges. At the same time, others are refusing federal funds for early implementation and stopped planning efforts, The Washington Post reports
The states find themselves in a bind. While the major portions of the law do not take effect until 2014, the law allows the federal government to step in and take over if the states do not come up with the rules and regulations necessary to carry it out.
The states have until Jan. 1, 2013, to come up with the necessary plans to avoid a federal takeover, according to the Post.
National Academy for State Health Policy’s Alan Weil said there is no inconsistency for Republican governors to oppose the law while working to enact it. "They are just expressing the two parts of their job. Governors are both political leaders who advocate for positions and the chief executive . . . who [has] to make things work,” he said.
|Gov. Robert McDonnell
GOP-run states like Alaska and Wisconsin have returned or not applied for some federal funds while keeping or accepting others.
Florida, which has sent back millions to the federal government, has let state work on the law continue.
Virginia has drawn up 28 recommendations for implementing the law, including some that have been turned into legislation or put in the governor’s budget, the Post said.
Virginia's Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell “realized early on the lawsuit might be a long process,” said Cindi Jones, one of his advisers.
Jones added that for now Obamacare “is the law of the land, so he was committed to doing what needed to be done,” according to the Post.
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