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Yes, no, or maybe? See where governors stand on health care law's insurance exchanges

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4 2012 7:40 a.m. MST

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Associated Press
Exchange option: Federal exchange

Medicaid option: Not expanding

Uninsured residents: 696,000

*Figures from the Associated Press

Alabama's Gov. Robert Bentley said that Alabama would not set up a state exchange, and that, in his opinion, the Affordable Care Act is "truly the worst piece of legislation that has ever been passed in my lifetime," al.com reported on Nov. 13.

Bentley, who is a doctor, said the state study commission previously estimated that the state exchange would cost up to $50 million to operate. He also said the state would not expand Medicaid as it currently exists, because of the long-term costs to the state and the nation.

"I will not expand Medicaid as it exists under the current structure because it is broken," Bentley said. "We just can not afford it. The people of America can not afford it."
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