As Congress works to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health law, Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is already at work unwinding some of its provisions in his state.
Mr. Bevin has dismantled the state’s health-insurance exchange, moving patients to the federal website last year. He has proposed introducing new conditions for recipients of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, that would require patients to pay premiums of up to $15 a month and perform employment-related or community-service activities, among other provisions.
His administration is waiting for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to decide whether to approve the plan. The agency’s new head, Seema Verma, helped craft Kentucky’s proposal, but said she would recuse herself from the decision-making process.Better or worse, I've always maintained health care was better handled by the states than the federal government.
All politics is local. US Senate may be doing the right thing by being very careful in acting.