State insurance chief, Brownback at odds on health care
- on June 28, 2012
By John Hanna, Associated Press
TOPEKA -- Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state shouldn't wait until after November's presidential election to move toward complying with a key part of the federal health care law.
Praeger's comments Thursday about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the federal law put her at odds with Gov. Sam Brownback, a fellow Republican.
Brownback said he wants to wait until after the election to decide what Kansas will do about setting up an online health insurance marketplace. The health care law requires each state to have one operating in 2014.
The governor predicted that if GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney gets elected, states won't face the requirement.
But Praeger says the state should still work on an online marketplace so that it has some say in how it's run.