Insurance exchange – Gov. Sam Brownback is willing to forgo an opportunity to establish health care insurance guidelines that will work best for Kansans in order to make a partisan point. It is a perfect example of throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The object of the health insurance exchanges is to establish an online marketplace where consumers can buy basic health insurance at competitive prices. We’re talking free enterprise here. In response to this opportunity to help those who don’t have coverage through their employer or elsewhere obtain adequate coverage at an affordable price, Brownback baldly states he is more interested in playing politics. How disappointing.
Gov. Sam Brownback may not like the insurance mandate and other elements of “Obamacare,” but he should be for a marketplace in which consumers can shop from among private health insurance plans. It originally was a Republican idea, and it remains a good one. Brownback, who also turned away a $31.5 million federal grant to set up an exchange in Kansas, is being small-minded about this, and it is to the detriment of Kansas consumers.