Mississippi Fights Over Health Law as States Resist Key Element

In Mississippi, where one in five people lack health insurance, two Republican elected officials are fighting over the best way to resist President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, 68, is proceeding with a key requirement — creating health-care exchanges to help people without employer-provided coverage get policies — saying he wants the least burdensome requirements. Governor Phil Bryant, 57, asked him to stop late last month, saying the state shouldn’t advance any part of the Obama-backed law.