New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) said Monday he has no regrets that he decided against setting up a state health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act, saying he's glad the program's "failure" is not his responsibility.
"This is just an awful law that made no sense. I’m glad that the train wreck’s not mine, it’s his,” Christie said in an interview with NJ 101.5, referring to President Barack Obama. “It’s a train wreck that anyone who has managed anything ever in their lives could have seen coming.”
Last December, the Republican governor vetoed an attempt to create a state-run exchange in New Jersey, citing uncertainty over the cost to the state.
"I will not ask New Jerseyans to commit today to a state-based exchange when the federal government cannot tell us what it will cost, how that cost compares to other options, and how much control they will give the states over this option that comes at the cost of our state's taxpayers," Christie said.
However, in February, Christie agreed to expand Medicaid under the federal law, putting him at odds with many in his party.
“Accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save money for New Jersey taxpayers,” he said at the time.
During the Monday interview, Christie said the program has failed so far, pointing specifically to individuals whose plans were canceled under the new law, despite Obama's assurance that "if you like your plan, you can keep it."
“This entire Obamacare program is a failure,” Christie said. “He should have just told everyone the truth from the beginning but if he had, it wouldn’t have passed.”