Health Care Compact Signed Into Law

April 23, 2014

TOPEKA, KAN. – The Kansas chapter of the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity released the following statement today in response to Gov. Sam Brownback signing the Health Care Compact bill into law:

“Health care decisions should be made by Kansas officials, not the federal government,” said AFP-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening. “With Congressional approval, the Health Care Compact will transfer control of federal health care funding from Washington, D.C., to Kansas. It supports the state’s ability to control its own health care system.

“More than $700 billion was cut from Medicare with the passage of Obamacare, and a new panel was created with the power to make additional cuts in Medicare services and spending. The compact doesn’t require the states to take over any particular program, but it does give Kansas more power to implement certain programs according to the needs of Kansans. Under the compact, we can set standards and reimbursement rates rather than handing those important decisions over to the federal government.

“While the compact does not repeal Obamacare, member states like Kansas can decide what, if any, parts of Obamacare to implement. If Congress approves the compact, Kansas would have the opportunity to avoid the worst aspects of this destructive health care law.

“We have advocated for health care policy changes such as block grants that keeps the states in control over health care systems, rather than an out of touch federal bureaucracy. This legislation is a first step, and we applaud the policy changes brought forth through the Health Care Compact.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans.  For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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