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Kansas House gives final approval to bill backing out of Obamacare

March 24, 2014


— The House on Monday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to disengage Kansas from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

House Bill 2553 was approved on a 74-48 vote and sent to the Senate for consideration.

The measure would allow Kansas to join a compact of states that would retain federal health dollars but exempt themselves from the requirements of the ACA. Before it could be implemented, such a compact would have to be approved by both the U.S. House and Senate.

Supporters of the bill said it would allow the states to tailor their own health insurance regulations, but opponents said it could jeopardize Medicare funding to 450,000 senior citizens in Kansas.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, one of the few elected Republican officials in the nation who supports the ACA, said under the bill the state could shortchange Medicare to fund other budget needs. AARP Kansas also testified against the bill, citing similar fears.

State Rep. Brett Hildabrand, R-Shawnee, said federal funds could be shifted around but would have to stay within health care programs.

But state Rep. Stephanie Clayton, R-Overland Park, voted against the bill, tweeting after the vote: "I had to choose. I chose Seniors over Politics."

The proposal has the backing of the Kansas Chamber and Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Eight other states have adopted similar measures: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Lawrence legislators all voted against the bill.


Charles Fogarty 4 years, 1 month ago

But this was originally a Republican plan. Why can't the Republicans just see the President's white half and help get people insured?

Brock Masters 4 years, 1 month ago

So the Republicans originally proposed to force people to buy health insurance and use the iRS to enforce it?

Any sources otherwise I have to call BS.

Mike Ford 4 years, 1 month ago

yes because politicians in Newt Gingrich's era sought to make people responsible enough to pick and choose their own insurance. Irony is always lost on people with opinions and aversions to facts.

Julius Nolan 4 years, 1 month ago

Kansas Republican's are so hung up on bowing down to the rich and especially the Koch's, they can't see what they're doing to their own best interests. The ignorance of average Kansas voters has no limits.

Bob Forer 4 years, 1 month ago

If one of the Koch boys makes a sharp right turn, more than half of the Repubican legislators would break their noses.

Brock Masters 4 years, 1 month ago

Nice to see the states stand up against the federal government.

Brock Masters 4 years, 1 month ago

They are not dollars that belong to the federal government. They belong to us the people who paid them.

Not about courage but about being smart.

Mike Ford 4 years, 1 month ago

yeah but will the south and it's copycats rise again?

Grégoire Guillaume 4 years, 1 month ago

Sadly, the actions of the Kansas legislature show us what happens when a vocal minority, fortified with money, and whose mindset is one of complete moral bankruptcy, can accomplish. If the ACA is successful it finishes off the Republican party. This is the reason they have gone full tilt boogie to kill it. Remember the Republicans were against social security, medicare, unemployment insurance to name a few. The Republican in the U.S. house have voted 50+ times to repeal the ACA; if it turns out to be successful they will have a lot of explaining to do!

Bob Reinsch 4 years, 1 month ago

Now if we can get that bill passed that makes it legal to sacrifice the weak and uninsured to the HateGod, so that only the healthy and strong can survive for the benefit of the species! Make it happen!

Phillip Chappuie 4 years, 1 month ago

Then let me put it this way. It makes little sense to make the effort to pass a law that is contrary to existing Federal law. Given the supremacy clause supplants all that wasted effort. It is a waste of resources.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

An ALEC government is the worst possible scenario known to democracy and mankind. Look what's at stake.

Koch/Waltons/Alec/ Aegis Strategic/Third Way are working against
blue and white collar workers of America small business and democracy.

The USA does not need Koch/Waltons/Alec/ Aegis Strategic/Third Way and their politicians who want to takeover the USA government.

Their targets are:

Owning public Education

Owning Medicare Insurance

Owning Medicaid Insurance

Owning Social Security Insurance

Killing the USA wage scale union or not

Owning the New World Order Global Economy

All financed with OUR TAX DOLLARS = no risk and profits guaranteed

Exposing ALEC's Agenda to Defund and Dismantle Public Education

Richard Heckler 4 years, 1 month ago

"Eight other states have adopted similar measures: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah"

ALEC is the one major influence in each of those state GOP parties. Secret legislation developed behind back doors does not represent transparency or democracy.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 1 month ago

In every case, the states that have passed this "symbolic" bill have not enforced it. One reason is because they are unconstitutional, due to the Supremacy Clause. Another is that, to enforce it has the potential to cut the state off from millions of dollars in Medicaid (and possibly Medicare, not sure about that) money. Not only would it cut off healthcare to those paltry few they are actually allowing to have it, the truth is a lot of rural hospitals will go under without it.
This is just more Tea Party saber rattling. Truth be told, I would love it if Kansas, Alabama, Georgia and the other southern states seceded again. Without exception, everyone of them are states that cost this country more than they are worth. Maybe Charlie and David will set themselves up as tinpot dicators. They always have had an ambition to be Mussolini all over again.

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