DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Consumer groups are increasing the pressure on Gov. Terry Branstad to allow Iowa to begin setting up an online health insurance marketplace now that President Barack Obama's re-election has cleared the way for the new federal health care plan.
Even though the state has accepted more than $35 million in federal grants, Branstad hasn't told the government how Iowa will set up its program.
The new health insurance system gives states until Friday to agree to set up a new health insurance market, or have the federal government impose one. The exchanges will enable residents to shop for private insurance coverage. Branstad had delayed action, hoping the system would be thrown out if Republican Mitt Romney was elected president.