On Affordable Care Act, Christie touts path that’s least expensive, most efficient

MANASQUAN – Gov. Chris Christie said today it’s “time to do the analysis” on the Affordable Care Act and its effect on New Jersey.

“There’s dozens and dozens of issues we’re going to have to deal with,” said Christie, adding much could change if Mitt Romney is elected to the White House in November.

Nonetheless, the state is moving forward in deciding how it will implement the changes, Christie said.

“I’m going to take the path that’s most efficient and least expensive,” he said. “Our staff is in the process right now … to evaluate this and decide.”

Christie said he will protect the state “from overreaching” from the federal government and won’t make quick decisions on any transition.

“We’re going to take a slow and steady process toward this,” he said. “I’m not going to rush it.”

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act two weeks ago, and one of its aspects the state will have to deal with is the concept of health care exchanges, which, among other things, are designed to make it more affordable for smaller employers to provide coverage for their work force.

Christie vetoed an earlier bill that would have set up such an exchange, citing in part the fact he considered it premature since the court at the time still had not decided the Affordable Care Act’s fate.

But after the court’s ruling, Democratic sponsors said they would reintroduce the measure.

On Affordable Care Act, Christie touts path that’s least expensive, most efficient