TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — The next insurance commissioner in Kansas says creating a more robust market is a top goal and argues that greater competition will address problems with the federal health care overhaul.
Commissioner-Elect Ken Selzer is confident that he can attract companies into the state and encourage others already in Kansas to do more business.
Selzer is a Republican and takes office Jan. 12. He’ll replacing retiring Commissioner Sandy Praeger.
Praeger also is a Republican but broke with the GOP by praising the federal health care overhaul for expanding insurance coverage. Selzer says he’ll look for ways to push back against federal regulation under the 2010 law championed by Democratic President Barack Obama.
Selzer came back repeatedly during an Associated Press interview to promoting competition as a crucial job for a commissioner.