This is the last week Kentucky legislators can introduce a bill giving the people's approval for Kynect, the state-financed version of ObamaCare. Paying for the health insurance program would become the state's full responsibility on January 1, 2015.
"ObamaCare is the one word analogy for absurd big government overreach people will remember for decades to come," said David Adams, tea party activist. "Kentucky law and the Constitution forbid the Governor from forcing us into this just because he wants to and no one else in Frankfort seems willing to bail him out of his biggest mess."
Federal grants pay through the end of 2014 for much of the local bureaucracy created by the "Affordable Care Act." Implementation has been beset by years of political wrangling and corruption as well as multiple ongoing legal challenges.
"Kentucky law allows the governor to temporarily create new bureaucracies, write new laws and levy new taxes, but the same statute (KRS 12.028) clearly requires legislative approval or those temporary actions quickly expire," Adams said. "The Kentucky Supreme Court will be asked this spring to set this right. If they don't, they render the General Assembly completely obsolete. We have some pretty crappy politicians masquerading as judges in the Commonwealth, but I don't think we are that far gone."
If Kentucky fails to properly create Kynect, responsibility for the "health insurance exchange" reverts to the federal government, as do all government costs. Nearly three dozen other states have already declined to opt in to this very costly scheme and several legal challenges to the Obama Administration's attempt to unilaterally rewrite the law to prevent immediate collapse of a federally-run ObamaCare are making their way to the United States Supreme Court.
"Beshear and Obama need the Kentucky General Assembly to ratify ObamaCare right away or Kentucky officially joins a solid majority of resisting states whose success in killing it off is actually looking more likely all the time," Adams said.