The Kansas City Star has picked up on a story that could begin the shape the healthcare reform process. Apparently, three Republican lawmakers in Kansas want to give the state an opt-out should Congress pass health reforms that mandate individual health insurance. The amendment would say no law can require individuals or employers to buy health insurance.
The Star goes on to say that their proposal, which would alter the Kansas Constitution, is similar to efforts under way in more than half the states. Itís a pointed attempt to get President Barack Obama and Congress to back off efforts to retool the nationís health care system.
These state initiated efforts may be more of an attempt to influence policy in Washington than they are legitimate effort s to block legislation that may get passed by Congress.
To be added to the state constitution in Kansas, the legislation must be passed by a two-thirds majority of the Kansas House and Senate and then be approved by voters next year.
Still, it will be interesting to see if any of these state level push-backs build any traction.