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On Measure aims to cut Kansas out of health overhaul

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Scut Farkus 2 months ago

William, that is an excellent point. As an Independent Moderate, I tend to lean Republican but the Tea Party has made that pretty much impossible. When you have a group of extremists (Right or Left) traditional and beneficial politics go out the window. In the past, when you were in the minority (Senate, House or Presidency) you worked the other side of the aisle to get compromises that would still benefit your constituents. The current Republican platform has been to oppose everything regardless of the consequences (defaulting on our loans, health care, immigration, education).

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 months ago

The Koch Regime Kansas Government is tilting at windmills again. This is yet another stab at the hated and despised black dude in the White House by the bogots and prejudiced members of the Kansas Government.

Kris Kobach has made his position crystal clear by his multi state effort to prevent people from voting who might vote Democratic. This effort to deny poeple the right to good health care coverage (that the Republicans could never provide) is well in line with his crusade to make Kansas the total nemisis of the nation with it's ignorant and bigoted position against anything that the Federal Government does including the return of Federal tax money to the citizens of Kansas who paid these Federal taxes.

What did we do to deserve this disgusting and dysfunctional system of government??

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William Weissbeck 2 months ago

So then if the Congress again comes into Democratic control and they reverse the state compact, or if Kansas elects a Democratic governor (not so far fetched is it?), and chooses to withdraw from some compact - do we really need this much uncertainty and periodic change and challenges to our laws? Lesson to GOP - the law passed, the other guy got re-elected - spend some time working within that framework and make it better. I have followed government and politics since LBJ and Nixon. Many people said, many mean things about both these presidents. Demonstrations were had, flags were burned. But in all of that, among our elected officials, there was never a take no prisoners approach to governing. Both sides wanted to make things work. Neither side was trying to make it impossible to govern.

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Larry Sturm 2 months ago

The ACA is a federal law the state cannot trump a federal law unless it has been determined to let it do so.

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Richard Heckler 2 months ago

Imagine if the Koch brothers controlled congress and all state legislatures. USA would be exactly like Russia,China,Iraq and Nazi Germany. After all the Koch brothers are John Birchers.

The country will be controlled by ALEC legislation written up in secret meetings.

The Koch brothers have spent $8.2 million alone thus far on their conservative North Carolina Senate Race.

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Chris Scafe 2 months ago

Keep your government hands off of my Obamacare!

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Steve King 2 months ago

We've already seen their success with KanCare. The private for profit providers are not paying their bills and Hospitals and Health Care Providers are not taking KanCare patients now.

Heaven help us if they get absolute power to do as they wish.

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Richard Heckler 2 months ago

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f2/ALEC_on_Health_Care.pdf http://theunitedstatesofalec.org/files/2012/09/USofALEC_FactSheet_Privatization.pdf

ALEC's Privatizing Medicare, Medicaid, and Other Programs to Aid Americans’ Health

• ALEC’s “Resolution Urging Congress to Create Private Individual Medical Accounts” proposes to privatize Medicare by permitting the creation of individual medical accounts. It is doubtful that such accounts would be able to cover the cost of necessary medical care for seniors, and this bill would probably serve as a tax shelter for the wealthiest few.

• ALEC’s “Resolution to End State-Enabled Newborn Testing Monopolies” urges state legislators to rescind laws and regulatory authority that have made state agencies the providers of clinical laboratory services to detect treatable disorders in newborns.

• ALEC’s “Elimination of Non-Federally Mandated Benefits” would prohibit a state from providing medical services in their Medicaid programs that are not mandated by the federal government. This means that states that provide Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the working poor that are slightly above the poverty level to cut their programs back to the federal minimum, and throw poor children out of Medicaid/CHIP protections. In addition, pregnant women could also be thrown out of Medicaid or have reduced benefits.

• ALEC’s “Access to Medicaid Act” replaces the Medicaid system with a voucher system, where participants receive a voucher to purchase insurance from for-profit corporations, and ALEC’s “Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act” seeks to limit a state’s ability to expand healthcare offerings to its low-income residents.

Opposing Health Care Reform

• ALEC’s “Guide to Repeal Obamacare” would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which in return would result in the following: o The 2.5 million young adults who were allowed to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 would lose their coverage o Insurance companies could once again retroactively cancel your coverage when you get sick if they find minor errors on your application o The 54 million people who, thanks to the ACA, had access to preventive care without co-pay, coinsurance or deductibles would once again have to pay out of pocket for their colonoscopies, cholesterol screenings, mammograms and other services.
o Insurance companies will be free to deny coverage to adults and children with pre-existing conditions, and to charge women more than men.

• ALEC’s “Resolution Opposing Employer-Paid Health Care Mandates” opposes efforts by states to mandate that private employers buy health insurance for their employees.

• ALEC’s “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” would prohibit the legislature from requiring individuals to purchase health insurance pursuant to federal health reform.

http://alecexposed.org/w/images/f/f2/ALEC_on_Health_Care.pdf

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Armen Kurdian 2 months ago

the entire law needs to be repealed before it wrecks our health care system and bankrupts us. Your disaster scenario is going to come true under the ACA.

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Richard Heckler 2 months ago

If Sam Brownback despises the Federal Government so why did he spend so many years in Washington D.C.? on the government payroll?

Sam Brownback and associates have never seen a government payroll check they did not like.

Sam Brownback helped put more than 20 million out of work while living in WashingtonD.C. all those years. He has done a repeat performance as governor.

This Brownback medical insurance fiasco is all about making the insurance industry more profit than ever before.

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Phillip Chappuie 2 months ago

Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Chairwoman Mary Pilcher-Cook, a Shawnee Republican, said the compact, if approved by Congress, would allow states to "simply rewind the clock". I guess so, how far back would you like to go? How about before federal income tax? How about back, to say, 1890 and the robber barons were in full control. The best thing that can happen to Kansas is to rid itself of the Kobachs and Pilcher Cooks. Backward thinking at its finest. These losers in Topeka won't be happy until poor people are starving in the streets. Sam's Roadmap for Kansas, leading the way in child poverty.

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Beth Ennis 2 months ago

Good old Brownback and his cronies are doing their best to continue to punish the poor and elderly citizens of Kansas. How very sad that so many people will fall for all of this propaganda.

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Melinda Henderson 2 months ago

So when there's an article about a bill in the House or Senate, could you PLEASE identify the bill by number? Thank you.

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Larry Sturm 2 months ago

Most regressive governor and congress Kansas has ever had. BROWNBACK AND THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS BAD FOR KANSAS.

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