Now that President Obama has won re-election, and the federal health-care overhaul seems to be here to stay, Virginia and other Republican-led states have some decisions to make.
They have until next week to tell the federal government whether they will set up their own insurance exchanges, use the federal one or go with a hybrid system. The exchange will allow people to shop for health insurance provided under “Obamacare.”
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) said this week that he thinks Virginia should operate under a federal exchange, at least until more is known about the cost and other aspects of setting up a state-based one. You can read more about McDonnell’s decision here.
You can also read my colleague Sarah Kliff’s report on how other GOP governors are weighing their next steps.