Archive for Monday, March 22, 2010

Proposal to block federal health reform fails in House

March 22, 2010, 1:12 p.m. Updated March 23, 2010, 10:20 a.m.


— A proposed state constitutional amendment that sought to block federal health care reform has failed in the House.

The measure received a 75-47 majority Tuesday but fell short of the two-thirds majrity - 84 votes - necessary in the 125-member House to put a constitutional amendment before voters.

The House debated the issue on Monday, one day after a sweeping health insurance overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama was approved by Congress.

The debate in the Kansas House repeated many of the arguments heard over the past year.

Republicans said the federal plan was an unconstitutional takeover of health care, would reduce the quality of medicine and break the budget.

The reforms “will take us down the path of socialism,” said state Rep. Brenda Landwehr, R-Wichita.

But Democrats criticized the proposed state constitutional amendment, saying that federal health reform will be decided on U.S. constitutional issues regardless of what states approve.

The amendment would have prohibited the federal government from requiring that Kansans purchase health insurance.


Paul R Getto 8 years, 2 months ago

Now, can we get on to more substantial matters, please?

frank mcguinness 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh brenda, sigh. Please get to work on budget issues we are currently facing and not some possibly maybe.

Glenda Susie Breese 8 years, 2 months ago

The people have spoken..about health care and who we want to run our get over it naysayers. : )

blackfox 8 years, 2 months ago

Come on Kansas, vote against this health care reform.!!!!

kugrad 8 years, 2 months ago

The headline should read "insurance company proposal," not "state" proposal. This thing didn't orginate from Kansans, but from industry.

tolawdjk 8 years, 2 months ago

What i want to know is when is Rush leaving?

rhd99 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh, WAKE UP, health reform proponents, your President (not mine) & his stupid individual mandate in this so-called health law will do nothing to bring more people insured. If health reform is so wonderful, why is it taking this overbloated government four years to make health insurance more affordable, huh? The fact is, this stupid reform will do nothing to spur this economy because people are going to go bankrupt from being forced to buy health insurance they cannot afford. If they cannot afford health insurance now, why would they be able to in the future if the jobs aren't there? DO THE MATH!

notajayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

kugrad (anonymous) says…

"The headline should read "insurance company proposal," not "state" proposal. This thing didn't orginate from Kansans, but from industry."

Well, that's only fair, since the so-called 'reform' legislation does nothing to reform health CARE at all, just insurance.

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