Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced that Alabama will not set up a state insurance exchange under the federal health care law.
"I am not going to set up a state-based exchange that will create a tax burden of up to $50 million on the people of Alabama. As governor, I cannot support adding such a tax burden onto our citizens," Governor Bentley said. "The Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor does it actually improve health care. Congress and the President have said they want to work together to solve the fiscal crisis facing this country, and I suggest they start with this health care bill."
"I have been speaking individually and in group settings with governors from all over the country, and I feel that a significant number of these governors will take a similar stand," Governor Bentley added. "That will send a clear signal to all of our elected leaders in Washington that the health care bill should be changed."
"I also will not expand Medicaid under the current structure that exists because we simply cannot afford it," Governor Bentley said.