By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
David Powell wants to help Sandy Praeger retire.
The challenger in the race for Kansas Insurance Commissioner was at Liberal’s Mid-America Air Museum Saturday for a forum sponsored by We the People and November Patriots, and he said Obamacare creates a high risk pool, which provides $5 billion in funding to create a network of insurance pools for people with pre-existing medical conditions who do not have insurance.
Powell said bad things have come out of this pool, and they are all related to Praeger, the incumbent in the race, who is a supporter of Obamacare.
“The consumers of this state are my top priority – not the people in Washington, not the insurance companies and certainly not special interest groups,” he said. “The next insurance commissioner that you elect will directly affect the lives and livelihood of every individual, every family and every business in this state.”
Powell, who has been a licensed insurance agent for 32 years, said he has spent time sitting across from individuals and business owners addressing the needs and concerns of insurance programs.
“I think that gives me a lot more qualifications than having held that office for the last eight years,” he said. “(Praeger) has never held an insurance license.”
Powell calls himself a “conservative constitutional Republican,” and he is opposed to Obamacare.
“I’m opposed to the federal mandate that everybody has to carry health insurance,” he said.
Powell said he has read the 8,000 plus pages that encompass the Obamacare bill. He said prior to the passage of the bill on March 23, two bills had been debated in Congress last fall.
Powell said Obamacare does not contain anything that will help in terms of improving health care, reducing insurance premiums or reducing the number of uninsured people in the U.S.
“It’s not good for the people of Kansas, and it’s not good for Kansas itself,” Powell said.
The challenger said there will not be any rationing of health care under Obamacare.
“If you read those through, we’re talking about the high risk pool that had to be created within 90 days passage of the bill,” he said. “The high risk pool could be run by the state, or it could be run by the federal government.”
Powell said, however, under declaration from Praeger, Kansas became the very state in the union to institute rationing under Obamacare.
Powell said the people covered by the high risk pool on average file $10,000 a month in claims, and in addition to the $5 billion set aside for the pool, the President also made $50 billion available for the administration of records that need to be kept on Obamacare.
Powell said his other priorities include changing some state laws to create a more business-friendly climate in Kansas. This, he said, will keep business in the state and put people back to work.
Powell likewise said he will work to get uninsured motorists off the road.
“I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already,” he said. “In eight years, it should’ve been done.”
Powell said he also wants to get rid of credit scoring.
“That should’ve never come into Kansas,” he said. “What is credit scoring? Credit scoring means you have a bad credit rating, so the insurance company use that as an excuse to raise your rates. It has no place in Kansas.”