Illinois Not Ready For ‘Obamacare’ Target

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CHICAGO (AP) – An Illinois Democrat who has led work on implementing a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul now says the state won’t be ready to run its own insurance exchange by a Nov. 16 deadline.

Rep. Frank Mautino says Illinois must consider a new option _ a state-federal partnership _ to get its online insurance marketplace ready for its first year if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the law this week.

That would put Obama’s home state among a majority of states limping unsteadily toward implementing the law. The court is scheduled to rule on the reforms Thursday and they could be overturned or dismantled.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois is prepared for the high court’s decision and is making progress toward implementing the law.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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