GOP Governors of Iowa, Nebraska Differ on Health Exchanges

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Iowa and Nebraska are turning down different paths to comply with the federal health care law.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday that his administration will continue to work on a state-based exchange, but he left open the possibility of defaulting to a federal program. In Nebraska, Gov. Dave Heineman declared the state-based exchange too expensive and told the federal government to build one for his state.

The different approaches reflect a broader struggle among Republican governors who now have to submit to a law they feverishly oppose.

Both governors insist that they're making a good-faith effort to follow the law, despite a lack of guidance from the federal government. But Democrats from both states say the governors haven't done nearly as much as they could have to prepare.