By Andrew Thomason | Illinois Statehouse News
“And we’d like him to do it tomorrow, do it the next day. If the Supreme Court rules on Thursday, then for him to do it Thursday or Friday. He needs to do it.”
The major source of controversy is a portion of the law calling for all Americans to have health insurance. Opponents say forcing people to buy a product transcends the power of the federal government.
The law requires states to create health-care exchanges for people to compare and buy insurance by Nov. 12, or accept a federal model. Legislation in the General Assembly to create such an exchange stalled this spring as the Supreme Court debated the health-care law.
Quinn earlier this year made it known he was thinking about using his executive powers to create an insurance exchange, but nothing came of it.
But it wouldn’t be without precedent.
Governors in New York and Rhode Island have gone around their respective legislatures to create health-care exchanges.
Brooke Anderson, Quinn’s spokeswoman, wouldn’t say whether Quinn would create such an exchange, even if the health-care law is stuck down, in part or in whole.
Quinn said he was confident the national law would stand.
“That’s what I go to bed at night praying for,” he said during a news conference Monday.
The Campaign for Better Health Care and a coalition of small businesses are lobbying for a health-care exchange funded by the insurance companies. Their plan would also allow people to negotiate rates with insurance companies.
Clarke Maisch said her members are overwhelmingly opposed to the national health-care legislation.
“I think we’re a little bit more representative of what small employers want and need,” Clark Maisch said.
Originally reported by Illinois Statehouse News. Read the original article here.