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Roberts not happy with health care reform debate

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts spoke to employees Friday at Vangent, a government contractor servicing federal student loans and Medicare. While visiting Vangent, in the East Hills Business Park, Roberts, center, got some help from Vangent employee Melete Ghile, right, picking out cookies as part of the company’s 15th anniversary.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts spoke to employees Friday at Vangent, a government contractor servicing federal student loans and Medicare. While visiting Vangent, in the East Hills Business Park, Roberts, center, got some help from Vangent employee Melete Ghile, right, picking out cookies as part of the company’s 15th anniversary.

November 13, 2009

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Friday criticized the content of health reform legislation and the process used by Democrats in Congress to try to pass it.

“There’s a lot of minefields out there,” the Kansas Republican said in a brief interview after speaking to employees at Vangent Inc.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he plans to get a health care reform bill teed up for debate next week on the Senate floor.

Reid has been putting together a bill from separate measures passed by the Senate committees on finance and health. Last week, the House passed its version of health reform.

Roberts accused Democratic leaders of “re-writing a bill behind closed doors.”

And, he said, one of his primary concerns with the legislation is what he calls “rationing of Medicare.”

Proposals to set up expert panels to determine the most effective of various treatments and procedures could “superimpose itself” on the relationship between doctors and patients, Roberts said.

Earlier, Roberts addressed a group of employees at Vangent in the East Hills business park in Lawrence. Vangent is a call-center with 1,300 employees that services several government agencies and programs, including Medicare.

“You are doing a great service for your fellow Americans,” Roberts said.

On hand at the event was Kerry Weems, who was the chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Bush. In September, he retired from the federal government and was named vice president of health strategy for Vangent.

Comments

Bruce Bertsch 5 years, 1 month ago

Let me get this straight...Expert panels set up by the bill could interfere with the patient - doctor relationship. I guess Roberts doesn't understand the way insurance compaines work today as that relationship is and has been interefered with. This guy is so out of touch its scary.

David Albertson 5 years, 1 month ago

Roberts, like every other republican in congress is only interested in one thing when it comes to health care, seeing Obama fail. The Grand Ole Party of the rich and powerfull is horrified that we might actually have a president that has the middle class at heart. Go to Hell Roberts, and take your GOP cronies with you.

Charles L Bloss Jr 5 years, 1 month ago

I hope it does fail. It is a very dangerous bill. Thank you, Lynn

LiberalDude 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey Roberts, how much have you been paid by the health insurance corporations and pharaceutical lobbyists? The people of Kansas demand health care reform! Roberts doesn't care about the people of Kansas, he only cares about lining his own pockets.

Keith 5 years, 1 month ago

" Healthcare_Moocher (Anonymous) says… Roberts, as well as other competent performers"

Ha ha, he thinks politicians are 'competent performers'.

Bob_Keeshan 5 years, 1 month ago

When Senator Roberts talks about a rationing of Medicare, he is likely talking about Medicare Advantage.

This is a program he supported where private insurers bundle separate Medicare services. The idea was that by bundling costs would be reduced by at least 5%.

Instead, costs are 12 to 14% higher due solely to administrative costs paid to private insurers. This is what Sen. Roberts is defending, programs which are 12 to 14% more wasteful than Medicare.

This is a brilliant man.

commuter 5 years, 1 month ago

Pogo- Who are you talking about??? I am guessing you are talking about all politicians??? Please let me know. Becuase i feel the same way about Obama. maybe one day he will learn how to make a decision instead of just voting "present".

texburgh 5 years, 1 month ago

The Republican party is controlled by corporate interests. They only "rationing" going is the Republican party limiting/rationing access to health care based on wealth. Roberts and the rest of the Republicans care about one thing only - getting power back. They will vote against anything the President will sign just to make the President look helpless. Roberts and the Republicans could care less about the American people - unless those American people are executives at major corporations. Middle class, working class, or working poor? Republicans could care less about you. Just remember - Republicans insisted in the House that women getting any help from the government could not have abortion coverage; then it was revealed that the Republican National Committee has been providing elective abortion coverage for their employees for years. Hypocrites and liars.

creamygnome 5 years, 1 month ago

I find it insane when people support one of the major parties and trash the other. There are two major parties that control everything. If you think that ONLY one of them are under the influence of corporations, oil companies, wallstreet, etc...you're just being silly.

pace 5 years, 1 month ago

I really hate the ad that ties high unemployment with Health Care Bill FEAR. Does Pat think the unemployed keep their insurance? Pat and the GOP have no solutions to offer, only opposition. Can't criticize what ain't there. One pms point is, it is the Republicans that pushed changing what private insurers could offer, No abortions but plenty of viagra, Viva la GOP. They are the party that are shaping what is offered rather than shaping access.

YouPeopleAreCrazy 5 years, 1 month ago

pace (Anonymous) says… I really hate the ad that ties high unemployment with Health Care Bill FEAR. Does Pat think the unemployed keep their insurance?

He probably also thinks COBRA is affordable and convenient.

emptymind 5 years, 1 month ago

Roberts should retire. He's milked Kansans way too long. Someone with that kind of money would naturally think cobra is inexpensive. Id challenge him to live on a limited fixed income and try to feed a family and pay for cobra. You have to make choices and it's usually the insurance that doesn't get paid. Get your head out of the clouds Pat...

Jimo 5 years, 1 month ago

So, the Senator from Blue Cross Blue Shield goes AWOL for a generation instead of addressing problems with health insurance and then suddenly is 'not happy.' Why would a reporter pay any attention to this guy?

mr_right_wing 5 years, 1 month ago

This is starting to resemble the push for gay marriage; the majority really isn't interested in it -- but a very vocal and visible minority is pushing hard.

Government health CONTROL is not the right answer for this country. (It is not 'health care' I know you are not that ignorant.)

pace 5 years, 1 month ago

I notice the heavy content and details we get from Pat's remarks. Diet soda laced with fear. I prefer vegetables. Fun to call the opposition ignorant, now that is ignorant. There are valid issues between the two sides. It will cause a shakeup in both Health Care and Insurance Corporations, it will be a change for industries who offer or who can't offerr health care insurance to employees. Federal and state governments are now heavily involved in shaping and delivering health care access, health care reform will change the cost and shape of many of those programs. If coverage is accessed by the millions currently not covered the demands on the system will change it. I think it is necessary but not simple. I wish the Republicans would offer more, but I believe the cost of not doing health care reform far out way the cost of doing it.

puddleglum 5 years, 1 month ago

there might be enough uneducated angry old people in this state to re-elect this upset man....but soon, most will die off and then we might have the hope of electing someone who recognizes that we need INSURANCE overhaul, regulation or whatever. g.o.p.'s message: this bill is bad. this bill is bad bad things will happen this bill is bad insurance companies are your friends this bill is bad we have the best health care in the world! this bill is bad socialism=communism=u.s.s.r.=Obama=health care insurance reform this bill is bad old people won't get health care this bill is bad can't we just make it easier for insurance companies to do whatever they want by hiding behind state lines? (like credit card companies) this bill is bad there must be a way to trick people into thinking that we are doing something for them-at the same time we can eliminate pesky things like responsibility-uh, I mean lawsuits and stuff like that in order to get MORE profit for my pals the insurance companies.
this bill is bad Obama gonna take away yur guns this bill is bad nevermind that silly election last year, people don't need health care insurance this bill is bad if people want health care insurance, they can go buy it.

madcow 5 years, 1 month ago

Roberts is an idiot. Why the hell is he at Vangent opposing health care reform. Anyone who has ever worked there and is not a drooling idiot sees on a daily basis how broken the system is. I worked there years ago, and my wife works there now and sees fraud on a daily basis.

And if I get one more damn phone call from Lynn Jenkins I am going on a Jihad.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow... That picture is so... hilarious and nefarious... at the SAME TIME!

RKLOG 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh boo hoo, you folks wouldn't know a good thing if it handed out $100 bill wrapped in a piece of paper saying "it is a good thing". I hope the Mayflower comes back and runs over your parents.

overthemoon 5 years, 1 month ago

Roberts complains about a process that has been totally jacked by his own repug cohorts. They could have been proactive, civil, and dignified as befits the so leaders of our country. They have been churlish, childish and have led by telling lies and spreading fear.

They should be ashamed of themselves, but I guess they just aren't wired that way.

leedavid 5 years, 1 month ago

Dems thing throwing out our entire health care system for the 18 million (formerly known at 46 million) that don't have health care and adding another trillion to national debit is a good idea. I remember last year at this time the national debit was a bad thing according to them.

Oh and do we on the right want Obama to fail....oh sure we would like to see the president and thus our country fail...geez people, get a grip. Our problem with Obama is he is failing.

overthemoon 5 years, 1 month ago

One of these days, leedavid, you're going to come out of your fox induced stupor and actually read real news. I hope you're not to surprised to find that, in spite of a horrendous mess left by the previous adm and the long held belief that corporate greed is a constitutional right, the President has done as good a job as can be expected...and then some. I suspect that the disappointment will be overwhelming.

raw 5 years, 1 month ago

If Vangent is involved, kiss you a$$ good bye.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

Roberts only concern is that democrats may get new legislation passed.

The real concern is that Rowe vs Wade is at stake big time, consumers will be forced to purchase this insurance and it is not necessarily affordable.

The money consumers would save through National Health Insurance/single payer would be thousands upon thousands. This savings could be applied to home improvement,investing,a fuel efficient auto or a better quality of life in general.

Additionally consumers would have broad excelllent quality 24/7 health insurance no matter what. Of course this health insurance coverage would eliminate special interest funding by way of health care dollars and other bribe spending. So what.

JHOK32 5 years, 1 month ago

Another Republican who is happy letting us pay for his health insurance but he doesn't give a rat's tooth whether the rest of us live or die..........thanks for the help Judas, hope you enjoy your 30 pieces of silver you hypocrite -(actually he probably has the Platinum healthcare plan).

M. Lindeman 5 years, 1 month ago

overthemoon (Anonymous) says…

One of these days, leedavid, you're going to come out of your fox induced stupor and actually read real news. I hope you're not to surprised to find that, in spite of a horrendous mess left by the previous adm and the long held belief that corporate greed is a constitutional right, the President has done as good a job as can be expected…and then some. I suspect that the disappointment will be overwhelming.

rdragon writes:

Most of you on here really amaze me, leedavid makes some valid points and all you can do is insult him. How about you address the his points. I really don't think any of you are looking at what is really good for our country. So far everything I have read from most here is nothing but partisan B.S. Think about this, if any of us ran our bank acount like we allow our so called Goverment too, we would be in prison. How about we get our books squared away first and go from there.

Liberty275 5 years, 1 month ago

No thanks to universal medicaide. If I wanted medicaide I'd just stop working and become a bum. Also, no thanks to health insurance mandates. Forcing Americans to gamble is unconstitutional.

skinny 5 years, 1 month ago

It is not the government’s responsibility to make sure you have a house to live in, a car to drive, or health insurance. If you want those type of things go to school and get an education. Then get a job that will provide those type of things for you. I am sure that your neighbors aren't going to enjoy having to pay for your health insurance now because you think you have a right to have health insurance. Get a real job!!

zzgoeb 5 years, 1 month ago

Pat, like ALL senators, has only one agenda...get re-elected. And his wealthy supporters, many over 65, should be the first to be dropped from Medicare, other than a small annual benefit. If he's worried about rationing Medicare, he should be more worried about the Medicaid, where we siphon off funds to care for the uninsured. As for his appearance at Vangent, it proves my theory...rich folks against reform, just because they can be!!! Email or call Pat's office, and give him an earful!!!

james bush 5 years, 1 month ago

Everybody, now all together, with rhythm: MMM, MMM , MMM, Barack, Pelosi, Reid!...............and keep repeating it on the way to the poor house! ..........intermittenly followed by "fired up, ready to go!"...............kinda like when you were at a high school pep rally before sports event. Growing up is going to be hard for young liberals.

compmd 5 years, 1 month ago

Its way too early, because I read the headline as "Robots not happy with health care reform debate." Of course, I could understand that.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 1 month ago

One of my conservative friends sent me an email warning about Speaker Pelosi putting a windfall profits tax on retirement incomes to give money to illegal aliens and people who don't want to work.

"Madam speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds! Alas, it is true - all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!"

'We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as 'Americans'.'

Is this a bail out plan for illegals and the unemployed?

Have the Democrats lost their minds or is this more disinformation? Does anybody know?

Orwell 5 years, 1 month ago

compmd:

WARNING: Persons denying the existence of Robots may be Robots themselves.

Orwell 5 years, 1 month ago

jayhawklawrence:

It's what the real world calls "a lie," and it's consistent with 98% of the opposition to reform currently being circulated on behalf of the people who reap huge profits from the current broken system. When the specifics of their claims are so demonstrably false it tells you it's not too smart to believe their wild generalizations either.

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