On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced the Keystone State will not create a state-run health insurance exchange under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Corbett cited a lack of answers from the federal government to questions involving the costs, impacts and flexibility of the state-run exchanges.
“Healthcare reform is too important to be achieved through haphazard planning. Pennsylvania taxpayers and businesses deserve more. They deserve informed decision making and a strong plan that responsibly uses taxpayer dollars,” Corbett said in a statement. “Therefore, I have decided not to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange at this time. It would be irresponsible to put Pennsylvanians on the hook for an unknown amount of money to operate a system under rules that have not been fully written.”
The Pennsylvania governor did leave the door open to future cooperation.