AP – Tea Party push Mike Chaney to drop insurance exchange

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Wednesday he’s going continue with plans for a state-run insurance exchange, despite opposition.

More than 30 tea party members attended a meeting of a committee that’s drafting recommendations to Chaney for how Mississippi’s exchange should look. They want Chaney to abandon his effort as a way of chipping away at the federal health care overhaul.

Laura VanOverschelde of Jackson said that Chaney shouldn’t have gone forward after state lawmakers failed to pass bills sponsoring an exchange.

“I’m opposed to Obamacare and I’m opposed to having the health insurance exchange set up in the state against the wishes of the people and against the wishes of their elected officials,” she said in an interview Wednesday.