The Obamacare law establishes what are known as “health insurance exchanges” to help people compare health insurance plans. It is, when you think about it (heck: even when you DON’T think about it) a pro-market aspect of the law—it gets insurance out there to consumers so they can pick the plan that best suits them. It helps them SHOP for insurance!
But in this partisan world, not all states are going ahead with the idea of creating these exchanges. The Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff has a nice summary, in one simple picture, of where things stand:
As you can see, there is a bit of a red state/blue state pattern to things. Hopefully we can overcome our political divisions, and take steps to help American consumers make more informed choices about their health insurance coverage.