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Ohio Draws a Line [UPDATED]

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[Although we rarely do this, I am changing the published headline of this post to more accurately reflect what's actually going on. HGS]

This just in:

Ohio will let the federal government run its health care exchange, a key portion of health care reform, Gov. John Kasich said today.”

Oh, well, guess that means we avoid a nasty state constitutional crisis.

And this is priceless:

Benefits of a federal exchange start with cost … annual operating costs of a state exchange would range from $19 million to $34 million, excluding technology. Fees from providers and insurers would pay most of those costs.” [emphasis added]

Yeah, be sure to let us know how that works out.

Not to mention: Buckeyes now get the privilege of susbsidizing the folks in states that set up their own Exchanges, forcing up our costs while driving down theirs (at least for a while).

Yippee!

[Hat Tip: FoIB Holly R]

UPDATE: Unlike Ohio’s Gov Kasich, Pelican State Gov Bobby Jindal was a bit more forceful in rejecting a state-built ObamaExchange. Co-blogger Mike tips us to the Governor’s official rejection:

The full extent of damage the PPACA causes to small businesses, the nation’s economy, and the American health care system will only be revealed with time. The State of Louisiana has no interest in being a party to this failure by implementing a state based exchange.”

That’s gonna leave a mark.

UPDATE THE 2ND: And now add Texas to the list:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially notified the federal government on Thursday that the state will not set up an exchange to help people buy health insurance.”

I’m wondering if perhaps thinking that my title for this post was inappropriate.

Hmmm….

UPDATE THE 3RD
: Thanks to the folks at RedState, here’s the latest tally of states which have told Shecantbeserious to take a flying leap off the nearest ObamaExchange:
Kansas

South Carolina

Florida

Wyoming

Nebraska

South Dakota

Louisiana

Texas

Wisconsin

Arkansas

Alabama

Maine

Indiana

Iowa

Georgia

Ohio

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