But Tomblin said the federal government hasn't given West Virginia enough information to take Medicaid applications and run an insurance exchange yet.
He, too, asked about possible extension of deadlines.
In the meantime, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 264-161 to delay the employer mandate and 251-174 to delay the so-called "individual mandate" as well.
The Huffington Post reported that 35 Democrats in the House broke with their party to delay the employer mandate, and 22 Democrats voted also to delay the individual mandate.
The smart money says the House measures have no chance in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.
That preserves the political problem.