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WICHITA, Kansas – The Sedgwick County Commission will vote Wednesday on a resolution taking a stand against Obamacare.
Led by Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, the resolution asks for an exemption from the Affordable Care Act and its provisions, which are slated to take effect in the next few months.
“We wanted to express our dissatisfaction with the fact that there appear to be a lot of people getting exemptions from Obamacare,” Commissioner Richard Ranzau said. “So if that’s the case, why can’t Sedgwick County and our citizens be exempt from it as well? We think that’s only fair.”
Ranzau cited the cost to the county, $1.1 million in the next year, as another reason the county should be exempt.
“It’s not going to lower the costs; it’s going to shift the costs,” he said. “We’re going to have to pay another million dollars. It’s going to hurt small businesses, people are going to lose their jobs because of the 30 hour threshold, people are going to be working less hours and have less income.”
Local proponents of Obamacare see the move as an unnecessary gesture, and say it is an attack on low-income Kansans.
“We think that anything that is out there that can help Kansans live a better quality of life should be something that our state and local leaders are striving towards rather than rejecting for ideological purposes,” Louis Goseland of the Sunflower Action Network said.
The resolution will be considered during Wednesday’s county commission meeting.