By Grant Bosse | New Hampshire Watchdog
CONCORD — Gov. John Lynch on Monday signed legislation blocking implementation of a health insurance exchange in New Hampshire.
The Obama administration has been urging states to set up exchanges under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Lynch has supported setting up a New Hampshire exchange, including the proposal in his State of the State address in February. Legislation setting up an exchange, Senate Bill 163, won committee approval in January before stalling on the Senate floor.
Opponents argued that a state-run exchange would put New Hampshire taxpayers on the hook for the costs of administering much of the federal health-care law, while giving the state little flexibility from federal requirements.