Measure aims to cut Kansas out of health overhaul

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A proposal designed to allow Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul is being reviewed by a state House committee.

The Federal and State Affairs Committee’s hearing Tuesday was on a bill that brings Kansas into a compact among states to take control of health care policy within their borders.

Most Republican lawmakers and GOP Gov. Sam Brownback have been highly critical of the federal health law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama.

The compact is the project of Competitive Governance Action. The conservative Texas-based group says on its website that it favors the devolution of government power.

Congress would have to approve the compact and cede power to the states on health care. Compact supporters think that’s a possibility if Republicans control both chambers.

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