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Lt. Gov. Colyer to testify to Congress that economy hurt by Affordable Care Act

September 17, 2013


— Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is blaming economic problems in Kansas and the nation on the Affordable Care Act.

In prepared remarks that were to be delivered Wednesday before Congress, Colyer, a Republican, criticized the ACA and President Barack Obama.

"The inability of the Administration to project clearly and articulately how the law will affect small businesses is resulting in economic stagnation," he said.

"Businesses are scared to invest in jobs, they’re scared to invest in expansion, and they’re scared to invest in Kansas’ future. This is damaging to everyone, but felt most directly by the middle class.

"The effect of the Affordable Care Act on the economy is like ice on the wing of an airplane preventing it from taking off," Colyer said.

His remarks were prepared for the Joint Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs and Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements.

Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project, said blaming the ACA for the current economy was off the mark. He said the economy is still recovering from the recession that started before the law was passed. The Health Reform Resource Project is funded by foundations to provide help in implementing the ACA.

Colyer, a physician, also said Kansans will see rate hikes when online health insurance marketplaces start Oct. 1.

He said the website shows that a 25-year old uninsured male in Douglas County with an income of $30,000 per year will have a premium of $163 per month.

"A similar search on indicates this same young man could obtain insurance for $43 per month today with the option of choosing a higher cost plan should he want," Colyer said.

Weisgrau said Colyer was making a false comparison between policies on the health marketplace and

The health policy required under the ACA has a more comprehensive set of benefits, Weisgrau said.

And, he said, on, a significant number of people aren't able to get a plan for the price they are quoted because they have pre-existing conditions.


Lefty54 4 years, 2 months ago

I thought all he did was polish Sam Brownbacks shoes. Has he ever spoken in public before?

onemansopinion 4 years, 2 months ago

He's going to have to get out on his own or go down with the S.S. Brownback. Still crazy after all these years...

cowboy 4 years, 2 months ago

Id like Lt. Gov Blowhard to show us a 43 dollar health plan. My college age daughter's Blue Cross ran 180 per month. These people will say anything. And the fact they do not take any questions from legitimate media lets them seemingly get away with spreading lies.

NotImpressed 4 years, 2 months ago

The hard-core obstructionism by the Congress has done WAY more damage to our economy than the ACA, which will actually improve economic conditions in the longer term by reducing HC costs, especially those borne by the government. Remember the US credit rating downgrade?

sjacquot 4 years, 2 months ago

What about the economy of rural Kansas where the small hospitals are being hurt by the refusal to expand Medicaid?

NotImpressed 4 years, 2 months ago

Contact your state rep or senator and demand that they get on board.

Kathleen Ammel 4 years, 2 months ago

Dr. Colyer is exactly right. 13 days from the launch of exchanges & you can't know what the policies will cost or look like for sure. I've used for years and can choose from 42 different policies & pay as little as $135/mo for myself & dependent. Same info on and I have a choice of 2 companies and get an estimate of $338/mo. I'm either paying for coverage I don't want or the prices are going up. But I'm sure that's the Kochs fault, too. LJWorld commenters really need to get over this idee fixe!

chootspa 4 years, 2 months ago

The states that expanded medicare actually found that the costs of insurance through the exchange was even lower than they expected. The states that opted out of medicare expansion may see increases.

Do be sure to thank Brownback if your rates go up.

Hooligan_016 4 years, 2 months ago

This really chops my grits. The KS government has gone out of their way to try and sabotage the ACA as much as possible. The state HAD an opportunity to set it up their own way to meet the new standards. They instead rejected the federal funds and are now complaining it's not going to work.


Go pound sand KS GOP.

Joe Hyde 4 years, 2 months ago

"The effect of the Affordable Care Act on the economy is like ice on the wing of an airplane preventing it from taking off," Colyer said.

And the effect of Republican conservative lawmaking on the Kansas economy is like a flock of Canada geese flying into the intakes of a jet airliner's engines.

Seth Peterson 4 years, 2 months ago

Is he using Brownback and our State's refusal to accept funds as part of why we're not receiving monies?

No? Then he's being dishonest.

Bob Forer 4 years, 2 months ago

What the hell does a phyician know about complex economic issues?

nick_s 4 years, 2 months ago

Who is that? Never heard of him before. Reminds me of a part from Snatch when Tommy says something & Bricktop says, "She speaks does she? Turkish, you better put a lid on her."

cowboy 4 years, 2 months ago

Sandy Praeger calls colyers comments "baloney" , priceless.

Lynn Grant 4 years, 2 months ago

The Kansas economy is being hurt by the ACA? Astounding, I thought it was the the GOPartiers who are hurting our economy and everything else in this state. Cut income taxes but also cut education. Stupendous idea, when education is at the top of the list of desirables for companies to move into an area, income tax is much much lower. Stand by while your local sales and property taxes rise to cover the cuts to counties and cities. Worry about the possibility of maybe 5 instances of voter fraud in the past 10 years, but leave 17,000 voters in limbo because of confusing registration laws and snafus within the system. Watch Kansas spend totals of over a million dollars to defend laws passed by Sammie's minions. But yeah, it is all Obama' fault, even though our economy has not been well since 2009. "Baloney" is putting it gently though I greatly admire Sandy Praeger for her comments.

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