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Healthcare Reform: Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, Orders Health Insurance Exchange

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Cuomo and the state's top legislative leaders say they've agreed on their second straight on-time budget. The $132.5 billion budget would increase spending by 2 percent while expanding economic development and jobs programs and providing some protections for the poorest New Yorkers and immigrants. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Cuomo and the state's top legislative leaders say they've agreed on their second straight on-time budget. The $132.5 billion budget would increase spending by 2 percent while expanding economic development and jobs programs and providing some protections for the poorest New Yorkers and immigrants. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, stepping into the national debate over President Obama’s health care law, used his executive power on Thursday to carry out one of its critical features in New York after the state’s Republican lawmakers blocked legislation to do so.

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