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Brownback just figures it'll be cheaper to scrape them all off the curb once they stop breathing.
Actually JABOTB, I think the plan is more like getting the poor and the sick to move out of Kansas because they really can't stand them because they aren't like the annointed ones. Kind of like a do it yourself final solution.
Hoping the report includes the additional costs to hospitals (and thereby the public) of loss of the Medicaid disproportionate share payments, as well as how much in federal dollars the state stands to lose if Governor Brownback chooses to not expand Medicaid.
Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, and North Dakota, all with Republican governors, have said they support Medicaid expansion. This will be a true test to whether Governor Brownback is more interested in policy or politics.
Hosptials will raise rates for insured patients to pay for un-reimbursed care for the uninsured. If Brownback is so concerned about making Kansas a magnet for industry how can he take actions that will make the states insurance rates higher for everyone? States that accept the Medicaid expansion will have lower rates for private insurance.
If he's not interested in attracting industry with jobs that provide private insurance he should be honest about it so the good people of the state can show him the door at the next election.
I think his political career is over after he leaves office. He's bringing Kansas national attention but not the kind he wants.
Brownback is a pig.
Expansion of Medicaid will interfere with the core function of government: assuring that business owners in Kansas pay no state income tax. It's the same reason that even workers earning minimum wage will get a permanent sales tax increase on their food purchases under Brownback's plan. It's also why the plan calls for middle class homeowners to pay more in property tax, and why funding of Kansas schools has to be cut back to pre-21st century levels.
It's worth it for Kansas to become the least humane state in the nation so long as business owners don't have to pay state income tax. We can all have the morals of a coyote or Sherriene Jones-Sontag and not have to feel any remorse, so long as businesses pay no state income tax.
Your statement is very unfair to the coyote.
That is why everybody should pay taxes. The young help the old and disabled that someday they may be in the same position.
How perceptive. Make the minimum-wage household pay higher axes, so we can "afford" to treat them forever for malnutrition and resulting chronic illness.
It will take 50 years to undo the damage that Brownback has done to the state of Kansas in 4 years.
Wait... what? I thought KanCare is supposed to SAVE Kansas millions. Tired of his rhetoric.
In addition to the poor you can say goodbye to the next generation of educated Kansans. Finish school, move to a state where there's available health care coverage for a young family.
I'm also interested in seeing how Brownback stacked the deck with negative assumptions in ordering this study. If you think it was objective you haven't been paying attention to his alternate-reality propaganda and tactics. See, e.g., the phantom $30 million "savings" from merging KTA & KDOT.
But if the Guv and his trickle down economic beliefs are to be believed, Kansas won't have a shortage of cash because of all the corporations moving here and the economy will blossom like spring dandelions, and we'll have zero unemployment, and all our schools will have children who will be above average and THE ANGELS WILL SING! So why not expand Medicaid because in Future Kansas World, there will be more money than we'll know what to do with!
Expand medicaid for 3 years.
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