Posted by | October 2, 2012 12:12 | Filed under: Top Stories

Submitted by Airedelapaz

Governor Robert Bentley says he won’t comply with a deadline to set up state insurance exchanges called for in the Affordable Care Act.

Bentley said the state would not submit the information because there had been a lack of guidance from the federal government.

“As you are aware, I am a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act,” Bentley wrote to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“As both a physician and a governor, I have determined that it is irresponsible and short-sighted to make a decision on essential health benefits by confining the decision to a select few plans and without having been offered clear guidance from the federal government.”

The law calls for web-based marketplaces to be up and running by 2014 to enable consumers to shop for insurance plans.