JACKSON, Miss. -- Those rumors that Mike Chaney may throw in the political towel just aren’t true.
The State Insurance Commissioner is making it clear he loves his job and wants to keep it. “As long as my health holds up, I’m running again,” he said.
Chaney has come under criticism by the Tea Party and Republican Governor Phil Bryant for moving forward with setting up a state health exchange, a key pice of President Obama’s health overhaul. “You can not say, ‘I don’t like the law, so I’m not gonna obey it,’” Chaney explained.
The federal government will run exchanges for state’s that refuse to do so, or that can’t meet federal deadlines to be ready by 2014. “If you want a federal exchange,” Chaney said, “then you are embracing Obama Care. And the Tea Party is wrong to say they can’t pay for it. The Feds can pay for what ever they want.”
Chaney added that it’s important for you to remember that “We can pull the plug on this anytime we want to. But if we decide not to do a state exchange, we can never go back. We forever give the keys to the federal government.”