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Healthcare Reform: States’ Lawsuits Could Push Up Medical Costs

“Beware of what you wish for”: That could be the swan song of state attorney generals and governors who ask the courts to overturn a key part of the Affordable Care Act. If they succeed in that goal, they might find that they hurt their own states’ efforts to reduce soaring health costs. Of the 20-plus states suing the federal government over the individual mandate in the health care reform legislation, all but Alaska and Minnesota have accepted $1 million federal planning grants for implementing state insurance exchanges in 2014. The recipients are either assessing the feasibility of the exchanges or are moving ahead to adopt the laws, regulations, and infrastructure need to establish them.