RI Right to Life challenges health exchange in court

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Right to Life is challenging the creation of Rhode Island's online marketplace for health insurance. The anti-abortion group filed a complaint in Superior Court today, arguing that Governor Lincoln Chafee didn't have the right to create the so-called health insurance exchange using an executive order.

Attorney Joseph Larisa says only state lawmakers can do that.

"The general assembly has the right to pass the bill and until then, the governor has no power to create this new agency and no power to have it operational," he says.

Lawmakers almost passed a health insurance exchange bill this year, but the proposal was bogged down by an amendment that would prohibit government subsidized insurance plans on the exchange from offering abortions. State officials resorted to an executive order in order to qualify for a round of federal funding.

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