President Barack Obama has been elected to a second term, and that means at least one thing is for sure: The Affordable Health Care Act cometh. States have until November 16, 2012 to either (1) demonstrate to the federal government they are capable of developing, establishing, and administrating an exchange on their own terms, or (2) allow the federal government to do it for them.
Governor Brownback has indicated his unwillingness to partner with the federal government, which is fancy-talk for "we're not doing it" ("Kansas rejects," 2012, November 13).
In an extraordinarily convoluted world, this is an example of a Governor refusing to cede power to the federal government - Hoorah! In reality - one which includes a re-elected Democratic President and a Supreme Court ruling - Governor Brownback has effectively ceded more power to the federal government than any Governor in the history of our state. Where once was found leadership, we find a pretender unwilling to accept reality and work vigorously on behalf of Kansans for reasons which are confounding.
The proposition is straightforward: do we work to ensure the system implemented is designed by and in the best interest of Kansans, or do we work vigorously to allow those not of us to speak for us?
Our dear Governor has already lost $31.5 million in funding for the exchange on a gamble, and now he moves to double-down on an even weaker hand. This is not leadership.
"Kansas rejects state-run health insurance exchange." (2012, November 13). The Sedgwick County Post. Retrieved November 14, 2012