On June 22, 2015 WIBW 580 AM posted a story in support of its radio interview with House Health Committee chair Dan Hawkins, “Kansas Republican lawmakers send letter to Washington GOP over Obamacare,” by Jason Taylor.
The original post including radio excerpts can be found here.
Many Kansas Republicans want Congress to “reconsider” President Obama’s signature health care law if one of its key components is outlawed.
The Supreme Court’s set to rule on the legality of federal subsidies in states such as Kansas, which don’t have their own healthcare exchanges. House Republican Dan Hawkins says GOP leaders in Washington need a plan if the law’s overturned.
Hawkins said “Whatever they do needs to be free market, I can tell you that. But they need to take care of this on the federal level. And then once they get their job done, on the state level we’ll do what we need to do.”
Hawkins and Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook penned a letter to Congressional Republicans which was cosigned by almost 70 other state Republicans.
The letter was dated June 16 and addressed to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Twenty-five other Republican state senators and 44 other GOP Kansas House members signed it. Kansas House member John Carmichael says the letter offers no solutions.
Carmichael said “The problem they have today is this law is becoming increasingly accepted. I do not see that they’re proposing any specific fix or change, rather that something, anything has to be done about Obamacare.”
A Supreme Court decision against federal subsidies in states which don’t have their own exchanges could deal a death blow to the healthcare law.
It would create the likelihood 6.4 million current recipients lose their coverage as they could no longer afford it.
Kansas is one of 26 mostly Republican controlled states which have declined to implement their own exchanges to administer health insurance through the federally mandated program.
Kansas has also not expanded Medicare under Obamacare, which has left roughly 150,000 low income people without healthcare. The state did have its own form of universal coverage prior to the federal law’s implementation in the 2009.