The Health Care Compact movement advanced one more important step. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that “the Senate on Friday sent to Gov. Sam Brownback a bill that could put the state in charge of federal health care programs in Kansas, including Medicare.”
[Kansas] House Bill 2553 would allow Kansas to join a compact with other states that would decide how to spend federal health care funds. It was approved in the Senate 29-11. Only Republicans voted for the measure.
The compact could only take effect if approved by both chambers of Congress, which Pilcher-Cook said may be possible if Republicans, who already have a majority in the House, are able to win a majority in the Senate in the November elections. Eight states have passed the compact legislation.
The governor, Sam Brownback, is a Republican. The scene now moves to Ohio where a bill similar to that of Kansas’, Ohio Health Care Compact (HB 227) has passed out of lower house committee and awaits a house vote. “State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) has announced that House Bill 227—legislation that would enter Ohio into a multi-state health care compact—has passed from the House State and Local Government Committee. … House Bill 227 now awaits a vote by the full House.”
Eight states have now passed health care compact legislation. The impossible, the thousand to one long shot, is gradually shortening the odds.