Letter: Kansas shouldn’t accept grant money through health care reform act
To the editor:
The Governor is overseeing the voluntary implementation of Obama Care in Kansas despite his campaign promise to fight what he has described as an “un-Constitutional”, “socialism” which will “destroy the Kansas budget” and ruin the private insurance industry. Since 2010 Kansas has been accepting millions in federal grants to implement Obama Care with the last such grant for $31.5 million, being accepted by the Governor in February 2011. Most experts agree with Gov. Brownback’s assessment of what Obama Care will do to the state.
Although no state is obligated to develop or implement its own exchange, Kansas is doing so voluntarily under grant contracts with the federal government. A couple of other states fell into this trap and ended up sending their grant money back, including Oklahoma, to avoid being “married to” Obama Care.
The governor promised to do all he could to fight off this federal power grab when he was campaigning. He needs to send the federal bribe money back and stand on principle rather than to, on one hand, say the law is un-Constitutional and destructive but on the other hand agreeing to implement it for “federal money.” That may be acceptable in D.C. but it’s not in Topeka. Is this law less destructive or less un-Constitutional simply because the feds threw in a few pieces of silver?
Richard D. Fry,