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Topic - Mike Chaney
Federal health officials have denied Mississippi's request to set up a state-run health exchange under President Obama's health care law, settling an unusual political dispute in which the Republican governor overruled the state's own insurance commissioner.
Like many Republican elected leaders, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is not exactly thrilled about Obamacare's march toward full implementation in 2014.
From the South to the heartland, cracks are appearing in the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law.
Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney calls the federal health law "a train wreck and a catastrophe," during the Mississippi Economic Council's annual Hobnob, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013 in Jackson, Miss. He said since Oct. 1, when people could start shopping for private insurance on a government website, only 120 to 140 people in Mississippi have managed to purchase coverage.
"Mississippi has long led the nation in plans to develop a free-market exchange," he said.