In contrast to Democrat Governor Pat Quinn, who couldn't wait to get Illinois involved, Indiana Governor-Elect Mike Pence wrote a letter this week to outgoing Governor Mitch Daniels that Indiana should not get involved in Obamacare's health insurance exchange. Fort Wayne's Journal Gazette reports:
“I do not believe the State of Indiana should establish a state-based health insurance exchange because doing so will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and it is not clear that Hoosiers would benefit from incurring the cost of implementing this new federal healthcare bureaucracy,” Pence said in his letter.
He added, “Without knowing more details on the cost and nature of state-based exchanges, it is possible that our state could be placed in the untenable position of serving as the administrator of a new federal healthcare bureaucracy over which we have little control.”
Pence pointed to the uncertainty regarding cost and regulation of state-based exchanges, as well as the certainty of higher taxes and higher premiums for Hoosiers in his recommendation.
Pence also noted he remains opposed to a partnership exchange with the federal government and, “absent new information,” will make that known to the proper federal authorities by the deadline of February 16, 2013.
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