Sen. Mike Johanns sees little point in arguing about whether Nebraska should accept federal grants to establish health care exchanges.
Johanns’ colleague, Sen. Ben Nelson, has stated Nebraska should return $5.4 million in federal grants since the state is fighting the federal health care law in court. Johanns says it’s difficult to criticize the state for taking the money.
“I think this law, this health care law, is extremely unsettled,” Johanns tells reporters in a conference call.
Johanns notes that nearly half the states have challenged the health care law in court. Johanns says he understands why governors have difficulty in deciding how best to approach implementing the law.
The Obama Administration, according to Johanns, seems to be recognizing that difficulty as well. It has granted a number of waivers to states.
Johanns says the federal health care law couldn’t be more unsettled as a piece of legislation.
“Somewhere out there the dust will settle,” says Johanns. “The court will decide the issues and the administration will send a signal in terms of what it wants to do then and the picture will clear. But today, it is very, very murky.”
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the federal health care law by the middle of next year.