Brownback says Kansas being ‘coerced’ into funding Obamacare

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TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Sam Brownback said Thursday the state of Kansas is being forced to fund Obamacare through an unconstitutional tax.

Brownback’s comments come in a news release in which he announced Kansas has joined with Texas and Louisiana in a lawsuit against the federal government opposing a regulation forcing states to pay an “unconstitutional tax” in order to fund the Affordable Care Act.

The release said the Health Insurance Provider Fee is assessed to Medicaid or CHIP managed care organizations in order to fund Obamacare. It goes on to say, by law, states are required to reimburse the managed care organizations for this fee.

Brownback said, “The federal government is threatening to cut $1.6 billion of federal Medicaid funding affecting more than 400,000 Kansans in need unless Kansas pays millions of dollars in taxes to the federal government to support Obamacare.

“This is just one more instance of an overreaching federal regulation designed to coerce states into funding or participating in Obamacare. In 2015, Kansas paid more than $32 million to cover costs associated with the Health Insurance Provider Fee. This is a tax Kansans should not have to pay and is an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.”

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