The Huffington Post reports:
Arizona won't help implement a key component of President Barack Obama's health care reform law, Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said in a letter to a federal health official Wednesday.
Including Arizona, there currently are 17 states that won't create so-called health insurance exchanges -- online marketplaces where uninsured people and small businesses will choose health plans and learn whether they're eligible for tax credits. Thirty million people are expected to gain health coverage through the exchanges by 2022, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Brewer blamed the Obama administration for her decision. "The state of Arizona has made significant progress in its planning and design configuration for all of the required health insurance exchange core functions," Brewer wrote to Gary Cohen, the director of the federal Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. The administration failed to issue regulations or provide detailed information to states fast enough, she charged. The health insurance exchanges must be operational on Oct. 1, 2013, when millions of people are expected to use them to shop for coverage for the following year.