With the future of "Obam-
acare" apparently no longer in jeopardy, the task of implementing comprehensive health care coverage continues with the formation of health insurance exchanges, online markets that will enable consumers to purchase insurance among competing private plans.
Open enrollment for the exchange plans is set to begin in October 2013, less than a year from now, and states have the option of setting up their own exchanges instead of relying solely on the federal government.
Ohio has opted not to do that, Gov. John Kasich has decided, because he believes a state-based exchange would be too costly.
Instead, Ohio will join the federal government in a partnership to run its online market. "Regardless of who runs an exchange, the end product is the same," Kasich said.
Kasich's decision is a wise one, grounded in practicality not politics. Obamacare is a reality; the time for posturing is over.
More than 1.5 million Ohioans, about 14 percent of the Buckeye State's population, have no health insurance. Some nuts-and-bolts decisions need to be made, and the governor has shown good judgment in making one of the initial calls.