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Proposal to block federal health reform fails in House

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

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— 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.

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notajayhawk 4 years 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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rhd99 4 years 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!

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solsken66 4 years ago

The legislators should really be focusing on the budget which is in need of dire attention. The State of Kansas receives it's share of federal dollars. Maybe the legislators need to send a check from state's revenue to the federal government to cover all monies that the feds have given to the State of Kansas. Just a horse and pony show...

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tolawdjk 4 years ago

What i want to know is when is Rush leaving?

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

Tell your Congressmen and Senators that we want decent and affordable healtcare now and individual states don't have the right to not provide this.

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porch_person 4 years ago

Dang!! And I wanted to start a pool..........

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Agnostick 4 years ago

Looks like Conservativeman took another trip to KomradeFriedRooster

Extra biscuits, please!

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Agnostick 4 years ago

Looks like Conservativeman took another trip to KomradeFriedRooster

Extra biscuits, please!

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Liberty_One 4 years ago

The state legislatures are the last hope to protect the American people against this out-of-control federal government. I think state elections are going to get a lot more coverage in the next few years....

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AtlasShrugging 4 years ago

Just idle threats, I lament.

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Obamugabe 4 years ago

Washington police and Feds report a spike in threats to federal legislators. Serious concern and consideration of Secret service protection for Pelosi, Reid, and several prominent democrats. Hmmm

This is not good news. :-(

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porch_person 4 years ago

This "revolt" is going nowhere. No basis for it. It's more "tea bagger" BS.

Conservatives lost. Despite millions of dollars and their own television network cheerleading "grassroots protests", they lost.

Deal with it.

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Obamugabe 4 years ago

...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,... (From the Declaration of Independence)

Recent polling of Americans on the passage of this health care takeover:

75% against it 25% support it

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kugrad 4 years ago

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

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blackfox 4 years ago

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

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Obamugabe 4 years ago

I wonder if their is a website with who voted against this resolution?

Little help?

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swan_diver 4 years ago

You have to acknowledge the fact that Kansas is blessed with some incredible intellects, among its current legislative delegations -- especially on the Republican side of the aisle.

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Glenda LaRue 4 years ago

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

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rooster 4 years ago

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

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Paul R Getto 4 years ago

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

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