GOP lawmakers seek to abolish state's health exchange

CARSON CITY (AP) - Several Nevada Republicans are trying to scrap the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange launched as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

A Senate committee held a hearing Monday to review SJR14, which proposes a constitutional ban on exchanges. A separate bill scheduled for an Assembly hearing later in the day also seeks to abolish the exchange.

The exchange was plagued with so many technical problems in its first few months that the state prematurely canceled its agreement with contractor Xerox. Nevada then shifted from a state-run exchange to a federally supported exchange that uses the infrastructure of the federal HealthCare.Gov website.

Critics of the exchange say it's a federal government intrusion and say premiums have increased since the health care law was enacted.

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