Kansas returns millions in federal grant money

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If states want the federal government to stay out of state business, they must “walk the walk” of being self-sustaining.  That means weaning themselves off federal dollars – and their accompanying strings.

Kansas governor Sam Brownback announced last week that his state is returning a $31.5 million “Early Innovators” grant intended to build “technology infrastructure” for health care exchanges needed under Obamacare.

“There is much uncertainty surrounding the ability of the federal government to meet its already budgeted future spending obligations,” he said in a statement. “Every state should be preparing for fewer federal resources, not more. To deal with that reality Kansas needs to maintain maximum flexibility. That requires freeing Kansas from the strings attached to the Early Innovator Grant.”

He joins Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who turned back a $54 million grant and a handful of other states who have rejected $1 million grants.

Kansas is working on setting up their own healthcare exchanges to be operated independently of the federal government.  They are also focused on reforming their Medicaid program. Kansas is using Utah’s recent reforms as a model, with the able assistance of Senator Dan Liljenquist who has met multiple times with Governor Brownback, his team and Kansas legislators.  They are committed to keeping their state solvent and self-reliant while maintaining a safety net for their most vulnerable populations.

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3 Responses to “Kansas returns millions in federal grant money”

  1. Jerome Borden Says:

    To that add Florida telling our POTUS and his Obamacare to park it in the area of perpetual shade and the Court of Appeals in Atlanta agreeing that the Insurance Mandates are unconstitutional. President Obama instructed his AG Eric Holder to appeal, guaranteeing a visit to the Supreme Court. If the Court declines to hear this case, Obamacare becomes a regional thing, enforced in some areas but not in others. We shall see.

  2. Ronald D. Hunt Says:

    It will go to the supreme Kangaroo court, where the individual mandate will likely be upheld based on the commerce clause. Mind you their are 2 potential swing votes on this one, First Kennedy, second Clarence Thomas. The first is likely obvious, but the second will depend on which lobbyist has donated more to his wives tea party group as of late(I hear having your wife run a tea party group is a great way to appear impartial)! Either way the ruling will have nothing todo with legal basis in the constitution, the ruling will be made either on the basis of ideology or flat corporate paid corruption.

  3. Panama foundation Says:

    Sam Brownbacks request the federal government declared a for about half the state in May. Now Brownback is again asking the federal government to provide to help his states farmers in more of the state .Kansas Gov.

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