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Citizens rally at Capitol Hill over health care exchange

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A few hundred people are at Capitol Hill Wednesday, asking Gov. Haslam to say no to a state-run health care exchange.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said last month that a lack of information from the White House is delaying a decision about whether the state should run its own health insurance exchange under the new federal health care law.

Haslam told reporters Nov. 19 that President Barack Obama's administration has refused to address a series of questions about the health insurance marketplaces raised by Republican governors, including whether states would be able to create wellness-based incentives to encourage healthy behavior.

The governor acknowledged that compliance with the federal health care law is an emotional issue for Republicans who had hoped either legal or political challenges would derail the plan before it went into effect.

States have until Dec. 14 to decide if they or the federal government will run their exchange.

Tennessee is among nine states yet to make a decision on the issue.   Eighteen states have already said they will decline to set up a state exchange.

If the state doesn't decide to run its own exchange, the task will fall to the federal government.  All exchanges are supposed to be operational by Jan. 1, 2014.

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