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SEATTLE — On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray praised the upcoming the healthcare exchange in Washington state that is the next phase of the Affordable Health Care Act.

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Photo courtesy of Washington Health Plan Finder

Beginning Oct. 1, Washington residents will be able to go online and compare more than 30 different health plans, including price and coverage. There will also be information about qualifying for a subsidy. You can access the website here.

“Our state is being very proactive in putting these exchanges together,” Murray said. “Other states aren’t as far along as we are.”

She also praised the decision of Washington state to create its own exchange instead of opting to be a part of the federal exchange as some states have elected to do. Those states, Murray said, “won’t have as many options as we do.”

Murray’s comments came at a healthcare roundtable in Seattle. Participants included healthcare providers as well as individuals who will be helped by the new exchange.

Asked about the efforts by some Republicans to repeal Obamacare, Murray denied they will ever succeed.

“I can tell you this,” she said, “this law is not going to be repealed.” Murray acknowledged, however, that there are likely to be glitches as the program continues to be rolled out. “If there’s challenges, let’s work our way through them and fix them,” she said. “But their wholesale effort to stop it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

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  • Anonymous

    If she loves it so much, why isn’t she in line to sign up? And how about when the GOP tried to pass legislation requiring politicians to move from their cushy benefits to what we poor serfs are now forced to use, the Democrats nearly shat their pants claiming it would cause a “brain drain” in Washington. Wake up to the real class warfare. We are being controlled by a group of elitist tyrants in Washington.

  • Andrew West

    Our President’s goal for healthcare reform is to “bend the cost curve,” an uninspiring and near meaningless goal. The US healthcare industry will exceed $3 trillion (20% of GDP) this year. Numerous studies have acknowledged that less than half of that amount is actual healthcare. In fact, most studies agree there is at least $1 trillion in waste, inefficiency and fraud – why isn’t that the target? Nothing in the ACA does anything to eliminate that waste and inefficiency. Nothing.

    By allowing the “industry” the opportunity to write this Law, the participants simply enriched and protected themselves. The result will be higher costs and additional taxes – not affordable healthcare.

    Our current healthcare industry is the most expensive in the world, yet we rank 38th in the world. Soon we will pass 20% of GDP and will become wholly unsustainable.

    It concerns me that so many people (for and against) believe the government will reform healthcare – what have they reformed before? Energy? Education? Agriculture? Anything? It’s delusional to believe that the ACA will do anything more than raise revenues for the insurance industry and our government – that’s why it will fail. It shouldn’t be a surprise.

    Unless and until someone presents a real solution, one that saves $1 trillion and delivers more healthcare, it will not be fixed. This conversation is a complete waste of time because there is no point in arguing a Law that only makes the situation worse. The GOP has no plan other than “status quo.” But, there is hope – look for a solution in the coming year as this latest government reform (written by industry participants) derails without ever making a real difference. America can have a fair and equitable healthcare system if it is designed that way. Changing a few rules and mandating insurance coverage does not deliver more or even better healthcare, it just creates a bigger problem.