Kansas Senate to debate plan for health compact

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate is taking up a bill to bring the state into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul.

Senators hoped to vote on the bill Friday. If they don’t make any changes in the measure and pass it, it will go to Gov. Sam Brownback. The House approved it last month.

The compact would let participating states remove themselves from all federal health regulations if Congress consents.

Many Republican lawmakers strongly oppose the federal health care law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama and see it as intrusive and burdensome.

Critics call the measure symbolic and say Congress wouldn’t approve a compact.

A Texas-based group pushing the compact says eight other states have enacted similar laws, including Missouri.

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