The state has enacted a largely symbolic law saying no resident can be required to buy health insurance, a protest against the federal law's mandate that most Americans purchase it starting in 2014. A proposed health care "freedom" amendment to the state constitution failed to clear the Senate, though many moderates backed one version that was less aggressive than conservatives wanted.
"I just want to make sure that the conservatives are there," said Andrea McGee, a 61-year-old retired elementary school teacher from Topeka. "There are certain things you can compromise, but health care, abortion, pro-life, things like that, I want to make sure that those things are covered."
Associated Press writers Roxana Hegeman in Park City and Heather Hollingsworth in Overland Park contributed to this report.
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