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Report: 5 States, Including Texas, Are Anti-Obamacare Diehards

The report by researchers at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms looked at which states declined to implement the law's major components. Meanwhile, conservative Kansas lawmakers push to sever their state from the law's authority and Indiana residents are slow to enroll in new insurance.

The Dallas Morning News: Report: Texas One Of Five States Least Engaged In Carrying Out Obamacare
You may think that a lot of so-called red states are adamantly refusing to play ball with the Obama White House on the federal health care overhaul. But according to a study released Friday afternoon, the real diehards — the give-no-ground hold outs — are Texas and just four other states: Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wyoming. Take that, Rick Scott’s Florida, Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana and Nikki Haley’s South Carolina. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, backed up by a solidly Republican Legislature, has you beat (Garrett, 1/31).

The Associated Press: Kan. Lawmakers Seek To Sever State From ACA
Some conservative Kansas lawmakers are pushing to sever the state from the authority of the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Brett Hildabrand, a Shawnee Republican, introduced a bill in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs this past week to make Kansas a member of the Health Care Compact, which is a group of states asking Congress to give them independence from the federal healthcare law (2/2).

The Associated Press: Indiana Residents Slow To Embrace Health Exchange
Residents across Indiana are treading lightly when considering buying health insurance through the federal health exchange as they move toward a March 31 deadline to enroll. Nearly 17 percent of the state’s population, or 911,674 people, lacks insurance. Most of those residents are required to show proof they’ve obtained insurance after March to avoid a penalty under the federal health care overhaul law (LoBianco, 2/2).

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