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LATimes: Fed-State Battles Set Over Health Care Law

The battle over the health care reform law's implementation will of course be prominent in the new post-election Washington. But it will also be part of the political debate at the state level.

“There are a lot of new Republican governors and Republican legislatures who also ran scorched-earth campaigns against this law," Los Angeles Times reporter Noam Levey told host Tom Ashbrook Monday.

Some elements of the new law need to be implemented by state officials across the country. In his article today "States, Not Congress, Will Determine Fate of Health Care Law," Levey says this all sets the stage for some federal-state tussles: "The new healthcare law authorizes federal officials to operate an insurance exchange in any state that chooses not to do so." Other such battles loom over the new law's expansion of Medicaid and its mechanism for providing oversight of insurance premiums.

Listen to the full On Point segment on the pushback over health care reform.

This program aired on November 8, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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