Kan. lt. gov. testifying on federal health changes

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer
Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is telling a congressional subcommittee that states face significant challenges under the federal health care overhaul even if they aren’t expanding Medicaid coverage.

Colyer testified before a panel Wednesday in Washington, sharing concerns about the law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama.

Colyer, who is a surgeon, contends like many of his fellow Republicans that the law enacted in 2010 is flawed and detrimental to ordinary Americans. He says the law creates uncertainty that hurts the Kansas economy.

Obama and his allies tout the prospect of millions of uninsured Americans finding coverage, including through online health insurance markets that begin operating in October. But some congressional Republicans are trying to delay or prevent the law’s implementation.

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