Thursday, June 9th, 2011 - 6:48
Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 07:37
After early intrigue in Oregon, an exchange bill passes the Legislature. A federal appeals court in Atlanta hears a health reform challenge.
A bill to establish a state-run insurance exchange has received final legislative passage in Oregon, according to the Oregonian. A surprising number of Republicans voted for the bill, apparently won over by the argument that the state is better off running its exchange than leaving it to the federal government, no matter what one's opinion of the health reform law is.
The movement toward the health exchange in Oregon had initially progressed slower than expected. Oregon was one of a handful of states awarded tens of millions of dollars to be part of the "Early Innovators" program, which will enable those states to serve as demonstrators for other states.
In other news, the health law was heard in a federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post and other news accoutns. Some have described this venue as potentially the best chance for those who oppose health reform among the lawsuits moving through the appeals process in Ohio and Virginia. The case being heard in Atlanta is also of note because it originated out of Florida, where a federal judge not only ruled against the individual mandate but the law as a whole. Judge Roger Vinson said the mandate was inextricably linked with the rest of the law.
Other judges have ruled against only the indiividual mandate -- if they've ruled against the law at all.