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Gov.: Exchange rule not meant as stumbling block'

Gov.: Exchange rule not meant as stumbling block'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says emergency rules covering people dispensing advice about the new health insurance exchange are not designed as a ``stumbling block.''

Haslam told reporters in Nashville on Monday that the background check requirement is meant to protect people from fraud.

The online insurance marketplaces launching Tuesday are a major part of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Haslam said he wants the exchange to succeed despite his opposition to the overall health care law. He said the rules were enacted at the last-minute because of a delay of federal guidelines.

A lawsuit filed on Friday seeks to halt the emergency rules, calling them too broad. A court hearing on the case was scheduled for Monday afternoon.

 

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