Kan. lawmakers debate bill to opt out of Obamacare

Published On: Jan 31 2014 09:04:11 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 31 2014 09:55:14 PM CST

Kansas lawmakers have proposed a bill that would exempt Kansans from the Affordable Care Act, and create its own health care system.

Under the bill, Kansas would join eight other states in the "Health Care Compact." States that approve the measure would ask congress to let them out of the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Brett Hildabrand said national health care reform has seen its share of problems.

"Health insurance rates have gone up, their deductibles are higher," Hildabrand said. "What might work for one area of the country may not work for another area, that's why I like state by state solutions."

The Rose family in Goddard had their share of headaches trying to sign up on But they said it was the only way for their teenage kids to be insured. They are finally covered, after more than three months of confusion and problems.

"It's right in the range that I expected to pay," Richard Rose said.

Even with the delay, Richard said it's too early in the game for the Kansas legislature to opt out of Obamacare.

"The Affordable Care Act has finally shifted gears and things are starting to work," Richard said.

Rep. Jim Ward said Kansans with pre-existing conditions would lose their coverage without the affordable care act.

"I would welcome my conservative colleagues coming to the table and saying, this is how we could do it better," Ward said. "But they continually say just throw it all out."

Hildabrand said Kansas Republicans would offer free-market solutions to bring down insurance costs.

This kind of tactic has not been used by states since the Civil War, Ward said. Both Houses of the U.S. Congress would have to approve the compact, but President Obama's signature would not be required.