Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., speaks in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, as the court continued hearings on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Justices, seated from left are, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Samuel Alito and Elana Kagan. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee is prepared to implement requirements under the federal health care overhaul. On Thursday, the Supreme Court upheld the law championed by President Barack Obama, despite serious resistance among Republican lawmakers to lay the groundwork for the program.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has made steady progress on establishing the health insurance exchange required by the law, though he told reporters this week that final legislative approval can wait until January.
The nation's highest court is upheld most of the Health Care Law, except for a section expanding Medicaid.
Cost concerns are the main reasons Haslam said he wants the law struck down.
The U.S. Census shows about 15 percent of Tennesseans didn't have health insurance in 2010.