N.J. American Cancer Society criticizes health care exchange veto

TRENTON – Supporters of the health care exchange bill vetoed today reacted with disappointment.

“For the second time this year, Gov. Christie has vetoed a health insurance exchange bill, leaving more than 1.3 million uninsured New Jerseyans wondering where they’ll be able to get health insurance,” said Ethan Hasbrouck, N.J. Advocacy director of the American Cancer Society. “Without state action, those uninsured must rely on the federal government to create an exchange. 

“The nearly 10 percent of cancer patients who are uninsured at the time of diagnosis eagerly await the opportunity to purchase health plans through the exchange that are affordable, high quality, easy to understand and simple to navigate.”

“Unless action is taken by the governor, the federal government must come in and offer coverage to those in need.  The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urges swift action — either through a governor-brokered compromise, or action by the federal government.’’

N.J. American Cancer Society criticizes health care exchange veto