But the issue raised by the recent in-state spat highlights the confusion—and potent politics—that still remains around the application of the healthcare law. It's something that only promises to continue to play out, as Republican governors around the country, such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, refuse to participate in the federal reforms.
Rebekah Metzler is a political writer for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact her at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.