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Health care proposal downgraded

March 16, 2010, 2:15 p.m. Updated March 16, 2010, 2:15 p.m.

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— A proposed state constitutional change to block any federal requirement to purchase health insurance was knocked down to a non-binding resolution on Tuesday.

The action by a Senate subcommittee upset supporters of changing the Kansas Constitution, which would require a statewide vote.

“Why are you so afraid to let the people of Kansas have an opportunty to vote on this as an amendment to the constitution?,” asked Tom Ward, of Prairie Village.

But state Sen. John Vratil, R-Leawood, and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee, said he didn’t fear a vote but said the proposed constitutional amendment was “in essence misleading.”

The dispute is over Senate Concurrent Resolution 1626. The measure would prohibit the federal government from requiring Kansans to purchase health insurance. Supporters of the measure say it is needed to protect Kansans from requirements of federal health care reform being debated in Congress.

Changing the state constitution requires a two-thirds majority in the House and Senate, and then a statewide vote.

In a hearing on the measure last week. Kansas University law professor Stephen McAllister said the amendment was essentially symbolic because any challenge of federal health reform will require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court. McAllister said the court would determine whether Congress has the authority to require health insurance, regardless of what any state constitution says.

Vratil and state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, said they were unwilling to change the state constitution based on a health care reforms that haven’t been approved yet in Congress.

“It’s kind of like shooting in the dark,” Vratil said.

State Sens. Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, and Terry Bruce, R-Hutchinson, however supported recommending the measure as a constitutional amendment.

The subcommittee then accepted Kelly’s motion to convert the constitutional amendment into a non-binding resolution. The recommendation now goes to the full Judiciary Committee.

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

The repub proposal which is changing nothing = status quo = large annual increases = forcing more and more and more people out = fewer and fewer and fewer consumers to support the high rollin lifestyle of the most expensive medical insurance industry in the world = grab your wallets! This the Kansas Repubs solution.

The Repubs Bush/Cheney Economy Destruction Policy has pushed an estimated 11 million workers out of job market = 11 million out of the medical insurance pie = higher rates to maintain the status quo high rollin lifestyle of the medical insurance industry CEO's and shareholders aka profiteers.

Should medical insurance be a high rollin profiteer item for investors at the expense of the sick and injured? NO WAY JOSE'

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Sunny Parker 4 years, 9 months ago

Pay for your own insurance and your own health care!

Why would anyone believe that everyone will acquire health insurance. If they don't have it now, they will not get it. Why would a healthy 24 year old buy health insurance? There is no need.

puddleglum 4 years, 9 months ago

most people under 40 have a difficult time coming up with $350 per month per family member, and then you go to the doctor and there is this copay, that copay- oh, that part isn't covered, lab work isn't covered, you have a $1000 deductible blah blah blah..

the problem isn't health care.

the problem is the over inflated cost of health care (insurance companies & pharma-gangsters)

single payer fixes all of this.

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