Overcast
27°FOvercastFull Forecast

GOP states offer little help on buying insurance

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 11:25 a.m. CST

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors who oppose President Barack Obama's insurance overhaul have been largely silent on a day when consumers are beginning to peruse newly launched federal online health exchanges.

Thirty-six states, most of them Republican-controlled, have opted to let the federal government run their exchanges.

Consumers are getting their first opportunity on Tuesday to buy individual policies on the exchanges, even as the law remains at the core of congressional budget gridlock that has caused a partial federal government shutdown. The exchanges' funding isn't affected by the shutdown.

A spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said his boss had no plans to comment, calling it a federal issue. State workers in Oklahoma and other GOP-run states were ordered to refer all questions from residents to federal officials.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

Will predicted poor weather on Christmas Eve change your travel plans?
Yes
No