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updated: 10/1/2013 5:24 PM

GOP states offer little help on buying insurance

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  • Blue Cross representatives Matthew Ayadpoor, left, and Katie Wynd, right, prepare to assist for people to access the federal health marketplace in an empty auditorium as a training session sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma about the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace gets off to a sluggish start.

      Blue Cross representatives Matthew Ayadpoor, left, and Katie Wynd, right, prepare to assist for people to access the federal health marketplace in an empty auditorium as a training session sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma about the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace gets off to a sluggish start.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Republican governors who oppose President Barack Obama's insurance overhaul have been largely silent on a day when consumers are beginning to peruse newly launched federal online health exchanges.

Thirty-six states, most of them Republican-controlled, have opted to let the federal government run their exchanges.

Consumers are getting their first opportunity on Tuesday to buy individual policies on the exchanges, even as the law remains at the core of congressional budget gridlock that has caused a partial federal government shutdown. The exchanges' funding isn't affected by the shutdown.

A spokesman for Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said his boss had no plans to comment, calling it a federal issue. State workers in Oklahoma and other GOP-run states were ordered to refer all questions from residents to federal officials.

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