Enough time and energy has been spent on fighting over the health insurance exchange, and now it is time to move on.
We have reported numerous times on this issue, detailing Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney’s support of a state-run exchange and Gov. Phil Bryant’s opposition to such. Over the past several weeks, Chaney has been consistent in his stance, not only in support of a state-run exchange but in his reasoning for that support. The same cannot be said for the governor.
Bryant has said from the start that he is opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which he calls Obamacare, and to implementing a state-run insurance exchange. But his reasons have changed in a way that leads us to believe that his real opposition rests not with a policy objection to the insurance exchange itself but instead comes from his national political allegiance.