CHICAGO - The Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision that affirmed the progression of the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act also allowed for states to opt out of the ACA's health care exchanges. These exchanges, explained as Travelocity's of health insurance plans, can be run by states, by the federal government or now, by a state-federal government partnership. Illinois, as most other states, is running behind money- and time-wise in setting up an exchange. Now that Obamacare has been given the green light to progress, lawmakers are deciding whether and how they should proceed.
With health care exchanges at the forefront, Illinois Policy Institute's February 2012 "Four Myths about Obamacare Health Care Exchanges" provides some answers worth reviewing: