Eight hundred miles from the bright colors, music and costumes of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a quiet snow falls on the southwest Kansas town of Liberal. It’s not obvious right away that something important is happening, but as you move downtown it becomes pretty clear that Liberal is not going to let a few inches of snow stop them from their annual celebration—the International Pancake Race between Liberal and Olney, England.
The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.
That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."
Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.