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“Gov. Bob Mcdon­nell de­fends his plan to shred Virginia’s health­care safety net by main­tain­ing that fed­eral health­care re­forms will ren­der many of the med­i­cal ser­vices they pro­vide ob­so­lete. It’s a cyn­i­cal ar­gu­ment, given his public sup­port for law­suits that would gut the re­forms be­fore they be­gin. It’s also a dan­ger­ous ar­gu­ment that could dis­rupt med­i­cal care for many thou­sands of Vir­gini­ans. … No one knows how the or­ga­ni­za­tions will fit into a new health­care sys­tem, but there is no doubt they will still be needed.”

—Roanoke (Va.) Times “The 2010 health­care re­form law gave states un­til Jan. 1, 2014, to cre­ate ‘ex­changes’ in which in­di­vid­u­als and small busi­nesses could shop for in­sur­ance poli­cies. If the states don’t, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will op­er­ate ex­changes for them. The re­quire­ment poses a quandary for law­mak­ers who op­pose the fed­eral law. ... The an­swer is that each state should set up an ex­change re­gard­less of how its law­mak­ers feel about ‘Oba­macare,’ be­cause it would help ame­lio­rate the very real prob­lems con­sumers face in the health in­sur­ance mar­ket.”

—Los An­ge­les Times

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