Missouri GOP lawmakers divided on health exchanges

11:35 AM, Jun 28, 2012   |    comments
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Republican lawmakers are divided on whether to create an online insurance marketplace now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the federal health care law.

The law gives states the choice of running or their own health insurance exchange or having the federal government run one for them beginning in 2014.

Rep. Chris Molendorp, who operates an insurance agency in Raymore, said Thursday that legislative leaders should appoint a committee to study a health insurance exchange and then quickly approve the creation of one in January.

But House Majority Leader Tim Jones wants to take a wait-and-see approach. Jones says that if Mitt Romney defeats President Barack Obama, he believes Romney will suspend the requirement to have health insurance exchanges in each state.

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