The public and state lawmakers shouldn’t accept Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to block a federal expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. The health and well-being of too many Kansans are at stake, in addition to the economic health of the state and its hospitals. Brownback had been sitting on the fence on expansion, neither supporting it nor ruling it out. But Monday his office issued a statement saying he wouldn’t recommend it this year. Because Brownback and the Legislature blocked expansion last year, about 78,000 low-income Kansans are already in a coverage gap of not qualifying for Medicaid or for the insurance premium subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act. Maybe if Brownback and state lawmakers went without insurance this year they would show more concern for others.
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