The record-breaking 114-day legislative session of 2015 should have removed all doubt about whether the state government has any business assuming responsibility for Medicare and other federally funded health services in Kansas. Yet that’s exactly what Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants, as expressed in his July 9 letter urging members of Congress to “immediately ratify” the multistate health care compact that Kansas lawmakers joined last year. Calling the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions sustaining the Affordable Care Act “erroneous,” Kobach claimed ratification would “restore the constitutional framework designed by the Founding Fathers” and “return the regulation of health care to the sovereign states.” So much for conservative Kansas lawmakers’ contention that the compact vote was nothing more than a harmless way to protest the ACA. Now common sense must prevail in Congress, or else Kansans’ Medicare risks being taken over by a cash-strapped, dysfunctional state government. – Rhonda Holman
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