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Ramsey expects more extensions on healthcare deadline

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's still not clear if Tennessee will run its own health insurance exchange, despite the deadline only being a couple weeks away.

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said Tuesday he thinks the deadline will be extended.

"I think there's going to be another extension after this extension. I think there will be another extension after that," said Ramsey.

Currently, states have until Dec. 14 to decide if they or the federal government will run their exchange, which is required by the new federal healthcare law.

Ramsey said there are too many questions about how the program will work. At this point, he said it might be better to leave the decision up to the federal government.

"We're supposed to make a decision about something they don't even know about. Common sense would tell you that the state can run anything better than the federal government, but common sense and Obamacare don't go in the same sentence," said Ramsey.

Gov. Bill Haslam and other Republican governors have said they want answers from the White House before deciding.

They want to know if states can create wellness-based incentives and how seniors will transition to medicare. Also, will states be able to implement a plan to prevent fraud?

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