Senate Bill Would Require States to Pay Back Feds for Failed ObamaCare Exchanges

Two Republican senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would require states which completely scrap their state-run ObamaCare exchanges to pay back the federal government the money they received.

The bill by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., would apply to states which forego their own state exchange in favor of the federal marketplace.

“The American people are sick and tired of writing a blank check for the health care law’s complete failures,” Barrasso said in a statement.

A spokesperson for Barrasso confirmed to the bill would only apply thus far to Oregon, which decided last month to abolish its state-run exchange and switch to the federal system after months of problems.

Several others of the 14 states running their own exchanges have encountered significant problems thus far with their exchanges, including Maryland, Hawaii, Nevada and Massachusetts, but none has completely given up yet.