States decline to set up exchanges for insurance

Robert Pear and Abby Goodnough / New York Times News Service /

WASHINGTON — Georgia, Ohio and Wisconsin joined more than a dozen other states on Friday in saying they would not establish health insurance exchanges, while a handful of other states said they would take advantage of an extra month allowed by the Obama administration to make decisions.

The exchanges — online markets where consumers can shop for private insurance subsidized by the federal government — are a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The federal government will create and run exchanges in any state that is unable or unwilling to do so.

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