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Ramsey: Keep options open on Tenn. health exchange

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012

Ramsey said he expected the issue of how — and at what level — to comply with the federal health care law would be a major focus of lawmakers when they return in January, especially since many of them ran for office vocally opposing the president and the health care law.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said the governor was still reviewing his options.

"The governor continues to gather information, and no decision has been made," he said.

Ramsey said he's not close to making his mind up on the exchanges.

"I'm not leaning one way or another. I really am not," he said. "I'm trying to figure out where we are. I think this is what's going to dominate session, I really do. "

He added that GOP lawmakers will have to try to get beyond their emotional reaction to the health care law that has now withstood legal and political challenges and be "pragmatic enough to realize we need to make the proper decision — even though I have no idea what that proper decision is right now."