Christie missed ObamaCare deadline, state to forfeit $7.6 million

STATE — The Christie administration missed Thursday’s deadline for spending $7.6 million in federal funds to help launch our health exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

In this photo obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Gov. Chris Christie and David Wildstein, in red tie, appear together at a ceremony on the 12th anniversary of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks in Manhattan, held on Sept. 11, 2013, the third day of the Fort Lee lane closures.

Gov. Chris Christie, in this photo with David Wildstein, who orchestrated the GWB lane closures, missed a deadline to use nearly $8 million in federal funds to promote health insurance enrollment.

Christie’s inaction showed he would rather appease arch-conservative Republicans rather than help guide Jerseyans through the complicated Medicaid and health exchange enrollment process.

At least three congressmen, state legislators, and a host of other consumer, health, legal, and social service advocates have been urging for months that he spend the money because the health insurance enrollment deadline is March 31.

Insurance Commissioner Ken Kobylowski sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, seeking permission to use the $7.6 million for other purposes.

Sebelius visited Jersey City recently to say the state needed to have a plan approved by the deadline or it would forfeit the money but the Republican administration refused to advertise benefits of the hallmark Democratic legislation.

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