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Kansas Lawmakers Seek To Leave Health Act

Associated Press - February 1, 2014 12:43 pm

Some conservative Kansas lawmakers are pushing to let the state join a compact seeking independence from the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Brett Hildabrand introduced the measure in the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs last week to make Kansas a member of the Health Care Compact.

Eight states, including Missouri and Oklahoma, already have approved joining the compact, which seeks independence from the federal health care law.

The Shawnee Republican says he got the idea from an email conversation with Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, and Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Congress must give permission for the states to suspend federal health care laws. Hildrabrand thinks that could happen if Republicans regain control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

Greg Stephens

February 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Rep. Hildabrand, and his Heritage Foundation educational roots confers with Kobach and Pilcher-Cook and comes up with an idea for independence from the new health care bill. That will be a mess beyond imagination if it happens.

I know people who have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. It went smoothly. It was very reasonably priced. They are happy. Most of the stories we are hearing are false. Time to move on!

Laura Churchill

February 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

Move on Mr. Stephens? Have you read ANY of this disaster of a bill? I read the first 100 pages of it and it was enough to scare the ever living crap out of me! The ACA is the worst offender of the Bill of Rights I have ever seen and I refuse to take part in it.
As for reasonably priced… When there was a glitch in the system that allowed everyone to actually see the spreadsheet without putting in their personal information, I looked at what the options were for me. The cheapest crappy policy available for me would cost a full third of my income for just premiums and the deductible was more than I make in a year! Move on Mr. Stephens? Read some history and see where this government controlled road takes us. It’s not pretty.

Aaron Olp

February 2, 2014 at 9:09 am

I can’t even afford the new insurance plans. I am a self employed truck driver and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was quoted a monthly premium that was higher than my house payment I had to drop my insurance coverage. Yes people are signing up but how many like me had to drop insurance coverage? And no I don’t want to give up being self employed! I want to live the American dream and start a successful business. Every time I turn around I have some sort of tax, permit, government regulation, or government enforcement officer to deal with. Something need done!

Greg Stephens

February 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Laura– I attended a couple of presentations on the health care bill. I felt the insurance plan was a sincere effort to help people and a step in the right direction. Since then I have assisted in the sign up for health insurance, something the applicant previously did not have and would not have been eligible for due to pre-existing conditions. Their cost– $125.00 per month for the middle rated policy.

This bill will indeed save lives. But beware, there are people passing information around for political reasons and not always based on facts. Bad health insurance advice based on untruths can create unfortunate consequences. Do your own decision-making and ask a lot of questions even if the answers are not what one wants to hear or believe at first.

Bob Bowser

February 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm

We met with the Healthcare Compact people back when obamacare was still teething… sounded like a great idea and many Conservatives Grassroots groups in Kansas supported them… UNTIL they gave us the full version… the only difference between HC and the ACAPPA is that some non-elected committee will be pulling the strings instead of Sebelius… otherwise, Kansans are completely absolved of any Sovereignty regarding their health insurance.
NOT for me.
I want government… ALL government… out of my life PERIOD.

Laura Churchill

February 3, 2014 at 6:04 am

Mr. Stephens, You attended the presentations and you were spoon fed what they wanted you to hear. Read the bill. I’m not saying the whole thing because honestly, the average person could not read the whole monstrosity in their lifetime. But do spend a few hours reading it.

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