Brownback criticizes Supreme Court health care ruling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a key portion of the federal health overhaul and is not changing his stance on expanding Medicaid.

Spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said Thursday in a statement that the decision is disappointing and ignores the federal law’s actual language. The court’s majority upheld health insurance subsidies for consumers in states like Kansas that refused to set up their own online marketplaces.

Brownback and other Republicans blame the law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama for rising health insurance costs.

Kansas so far has refused to expand its Medicaid program to cover residents not eligible for subsidies.

Hawley said Brownback still believes the state must first provide services to the disabled and then ensure it can sustain an expansion long-term.


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