Gov. Chris Gregoire marked the second anniversary of the federal Affordable Care Act by signing legislation today that will help the state comply with the new rules when they go into effect next year. It also comes days before the Supreme Court is due to hear arguments challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul.
The bill lays out a process for creating a healthcare exchange — or a marketplace where state residents and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance. Supporters say people will be able to browse and select insurance plans based on reviews and price, much like an online shopping site.
Watch the video below for Gov. Gregoire’s remarks about the legislation, as well as Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and others.