Prior to [last week's Supreme Court] decision, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie … indicated [he] did not want to make any major moves toward health exchanges until after the ruling.
Now, Christie appears to be postponing again.
While Gov. Christie has committed to meeting all federal deadlines in connection with the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, he has also indicated that he will take a “wait and see” approach that could kill a health exchange before it is created.
NJPP senior policy analyst Raymond Castro noted that with no authorizing legislation, an oversight board for an exchange cannot be named.
“The board will make a lot of the key decisions in terms of how to move forward,” Castro said. “Until an exchange board is established, and we need legislation for that, it’s going to be limited in terms of how much the state can do.”
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