As political stunts go, the move by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, to try to sign up on the health care exchange when it opens Tuesday would seem to do no harm. "It's going to be chaos; the president knows that," Pompeo said Monday on CNN of the exchanges' opening day. The experience might even help Pompeo and his staff assist constituents for whom the insurance marketplace is actually intended – those who lack health insurance because they have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition or find insurance unaffordable. It's easy to forget amid all the Capitol Hill brinkmanship about Tuesday's opening of the Obamacare enrollment period, but as Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger wrote earlier this year: For some Kansans, the law’s launch "will be welcome relief. They have suffered through the worries of being uninsured during the past recession years, and they will now have a method of providing insured health care for themselves and their families." Unfortunately, the political atmosphere is too toxic to allow for any bipartisan effort to fix Obamacare's problems.
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