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.
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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.