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Election Confirms Next Steps For Nation, States

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Months of political ads on all kinds of issues led up to last night's election. So what's next? Now that the dust has settled, politicians and citizens on both sides of the aisle have to figure out how to move ahead.

One of the things that need to be hammered out for Obamacare are state health insurance exchanges. Both the Supreme Court and the election have officially given the go-ahead for Obamacare to go into effect in 2014.

Congressman Mike Simpson, (R) Idaho, says, "They're going to have to do that at the state level, and if the state doesn't do it, according to the law, then the federal government will step in and do the exchange for the state. I don't think that's what you want, so I think states are going to have to make some tough decisions here, because it looks like this law is going to be going forward, at least for the next two years."

But the question is still, who's going to pay for it? Simpson says while Obamacare supporters call it the "Affordable Care Act," he says it's not affordable. He's on the Finance Appropriations Committee, and he says the ongoing battle in Congress will be whether or not they'll be able to fund many parts of this bill.

Local Resident Raymond Cox says, "I really don't have any concerns, I'm not political. I really don't know much about it, so I'm really not at liberty to speak about it."

Obama Supporter Jesse Parr says, "I'm kind of happy Obama did get re-elected, because of the healthcare everybody needs. It's probably smart, but it's bad at the same time, because not everybody can afford it. So I say why change something that doesn't need to be changed."

Simpson says with the Supreme Court's approval for Obamacare, that means states will have to do what they need to, in order to make it work.

Nov. 7, 2012.


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