Tennessee Gov. Haslam delays decision on state health care exchange

photo Gov. Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE - Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he is postponing a decision on whether Tennessee will create its online marketplace for health insurance, taking advantage of the Obama administration's month-long extension of what had been today's deadline for states to decide.

State House Democrats accused the governor of procrastinating and urged him to "rip the Band-Aid off - one way or another."

Haslam, a Republican, said no decision has been made by the state regarding creating its own insurance exchange or letting the federal government to do it. On Thursday, the Obama administration extended today's deadline to Dec. 14 upon Republican governors' request.