By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – The New Jersey State Senate has approved an online health exchange program to comply with requirements under “Obamacare.” That’s not to say that plan will go into effect, though.
The plan, which barely passed, sets up a board to approve health plans to be offered to citizens. There would also be a pool set up for small businesses to get coverage for their workers.
It still must pass the assembly before moving on to Governor Chris Christie, who has until November 16th, 10 days after the Presidential election, to act.
“Our options are to, essentially, do nothing and allow the federal government to come in and set up an exchange, to do so by executive action or to adopt one by statute that the legislature has passed,” said Kevin Roberts, spokesman for governor Christie.
And he’s in no hurry to decide. In fact, he vetoed an earlier version of the bill opting to wait for the Supreme Court to rule in June that Obamacare was constitutional.