Assembly sponsor of health care exchange reacts to governor’s veto

TRENTON – The lead Assembly sponsors of New Jersey’s proposed health care exchange act issued a statement Thursday on the governor’s veto of the proposal.

Assemblyman Herb Conaway, (D-7), criticized the governor for blocking a proposal that would have ensured the state’s “uninsured and underinsured families receive the highest quality care for the lowest price.”

“Health insurance should not be a luxury. Middle class families and small business owners should not have to choose between their health and paying bills,” he said in a statement. “The fact of the matter is that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Congress enacted it, the president signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it, and the New Jersey Legislature has tried to implement one of its most important provisions.”

The lead sponsor went on to say Christie “punted” the proposal, “making it likely that federal officials will be the ones making key decisions on how New Jersey’s health exchange will function.”

"I don't think what he's doing tonight, the method by which he's doing it helps to build a trustful relationship."
—Gov. Chris Christie reacting to President Barack Obama's speech on immigration reform.