State insurance chief, Brownback at odds on health care

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.

Tagged: Affordable Care Act, Sandy Praeger, Gov. Sam Brownback


JayhawkFan1985 5 years, 10 months ago

The legislature couldn't take care of redistricting, now the governor wants to let the federal government set up the Kansas health exchange. Fortunately our insurance commissioner is the voice of reason. Let's not forget that all three branches of the federal government have now approved of the affordable care act. Forget Obamacare, this is Brownbackdontcare...

Alceste 5 years, 10 months ago

On this singular matter, Alceste is fully supportive of Kansas dragging its feet. Alceste would much rather have Uncle Sam forge the exchange than dimbulb hacks in Topeka, Kansas. You can bet dollars to doughnuts that the one created for Kansas by Uncle Sam shall be far more productive and helpful than ANYTHING Kansas could create for itself. Big government is good government in this matter.

In fact at this point in the history of Kansas, the federal government should revoke Kansas' statehood and make it a protectorate so sensible, albeit arrogant and over paid political hacks of a different ilk, educated, and fairly understanding and compassionate professionals can run the state. The Kansas legislature has demonstrated its collective inability to run the state year in and year out for decades now......

George_Braziller 5 years, 10 months ago

What's your reasoning? Because she's intelligent and logical? Makes sound fiscal and business decisions based on facts and reality? I hope that someday she decides to run for Governor because I think she would make a great one.

George_Braziller 5 years, 10 months ago

Your argument has contradicted itself at least twice. And I don't have a clue what the percentage of women in attendance at meetings has to do with anything.

Enlighten me about the gender comment. You do realize that about 80% of the people working in the health care and human service fields are women don't you? What a surprise that 80% of the people attending are female.

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