Originally posted at The Hutchinson News on June 22, 2015
Kansas Lawmakers Want ObamaCare Repealed
Seventy members of the Kansas Legislature signed a letter to congressional leaders and the Kansans in Congress urging repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
“The people of Kansas didn’t write this law, they didn’t want this law, and they’re tired of having to pay for this law,” said state Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, in a press release Monday.
Pilcher-Cook is chairwoman of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. She, along with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee, spearheaded the letter.
It was sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, as well as to the Kansas delegation in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court soon will issue its ruling in King v. Burwell, regarding the legality of tax-funded subsidies to enrollees in health plans administered through federally run insurance exchanges, the letter noted.
Kansas and a majority of states did not set up state-run exchanges. According to the federal government, at the end of open enrollment this February, 96,226 Kansans had selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled in federal marketplace coverage.
“Eighty percent of Kansas consumers who were signed up as of January 30 qualify for an average tax credit of $214 per month through the Marketplace,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
“We are sympathetic to the HealthCare.gov exchange enrollees currently receiving subsidies the Court may deem illegal. It is unfortunate those patients, and our neighbors, might be put into yet another difficult position because of an ill-conceived, poorly-written law and the IRS’s poor interpretation of it,” the Kansas lawmakers’ letter said.
“That is why we are urging you and your colleagues in Congress to seize the opportunity, should it occur after a decision, to reconsider or reexamine ObamaCare,” the letter said.
The Kansas legislators want more flexibility for enrollees in terms of plans and the enrollment calendar.
“Regardless of the Court’s decision in King v. Burwell, we do not intend to create a state exchange. Our constituents are not interested in the massive costs that would turn Kansas into another ObamaCare state,” the letter said.