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Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr plans to revive amendment blocking parts of federal health care law in Kansas

January 20, 2011

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— A Kansas House member says she'll revive a proposed amendment to the state constitution aimed at blocking parts of last year's federal health care law from taking effect in Kansas.

Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Brenda Landwehr plans to introduce a new version of the so-called Health Care Freedom Amendment by early February.

The Wichita Republican says it will mirror a proposal with the same name last year. That measure failed to clear either the House or the Senate, so that it couldn't get on the ballot for voters' consideration.

Landwehr's proposal would prohibit the state from requiring individuals or businesses to buy health insurance. The new federal law mandates that most Americans have coverage, starting in 2014.

Critics question whether states can check the federal government.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 2 months ago

fyi..the world is suppose to end in 2012...why worry.....LoL! enjoy it while u can....obtw the spaceships are coming

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redand 3 years, 2 months ago

Lastly, Medicare is for senior citizens and the disabled, not everyone as you seem to think, and furthermore it is NOT free. There is a part B premium that has just been raised by the Obamacare law. You must pay an additional premium for most Medicare Advantage plans, if you require better coverages than provided by standard Medicare. These plans will be completely phased out by 2014 when the law is in full effect. You also have a premium for your part D coverage (drugs). Last year I spent over 5,000 in premiums and co pays alone, that doesn't even include any procedures that I had done. It also does not include dental or vision care. That was the cheapest Advantage plan I could get, and it is now gone because of the Obamacare law. They keep ragging on about savings on drugs in the 'gap' (doughnut hole for Washington and the media morons). That is a farce like all claims coming out of the Obama administration. They created an additional tier for drug classification, that is currently being executed differently by each company, but essentially allowed the pharmaceutical companies to hand pick generic drugs to compete against, thus making it more cost effective in many cases to pay half price for the expensive brand name drugs, over the generic equivalent. This raises the Pharmaceutical companies bottom line, but does nothing for those relying on the cheaper cost of the generics in the first place, except to raise the cost on their maintenance drugs. This was not a problem in the first place, since anyone who required the brand name drugs could simply apply for free medications from the Pharmaceutical companies in the first place. they all have the programs and usually only require that you spend 3% of your income at the most, provided you were on a part D plan, and are in the gap. Also, the Obamacare law cuts half a trillion from medicare and doesn't even use it to keep medicare solvent, but to pay for Obamacare. (of course they claim it does both...spending money twice....great accounting). It reduces the amount paid to doctors, thus creating a shortfall in practicing physicians, because many quit, and others drop out of medical school, or never start it in the first place. They already deal with the so called 'doc fix' every year, yet they are going to cut it more???????? Yeah right.

So Mr Merrill it is just one big smoke screen to hide the true intent of growing the size of government, while destroying business and punishing the sick and elderly for having the nerve to exist!

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redand 3 years, 2 months ago

Merrill you should try reading more than liberal rags like the WSJ and propaganda from liberal 512 organizations. In the first place this bill is about blocking the Obama administration's attempt to place demands on the citizens of this state, at gun point none the less, to require them to purchase health insurance, and not just insurance, but what they deem to be appropriate insurance. This is unconstitutional and in clear violation of the 10th amendment to the constitution. If you want to free load off of the tax payer that's one thing, but some of us prefer to be responsible citizens that prefer to not leach off of others.

Secondly, the Obamacare law adds 2.5 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years when you use true accounting methods as opposed to the Enron style accounting used by Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and their cronies. It grows government by the largest amount in the history of the nation. Yet your plan would add even more to that number, while forcing business to layoff more workers and many others ceasing to exist all together.

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SDTPlant 3 years, 3 months ago

Merrill,

Great post. Now, add to that Brownback's and other "retired" federal level politicians retirement benefits, including salaries, medical care, and other perks. Forfeiture of the $$$$ amounts and thrown into the respective state's coffers. Lets see what that does for the state's budgets.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Privatized insurance - full coverage 24/7 $18,310 a year

IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for All - full coverage 24/7 $3300 a year for a family of four making about $60,000.

How do we get to this?

Eliminate: 1. high dollar CEO's & stock options

  1. golden parachutes

  2. reckless spending of insurance dollars on special interest campaign funding

  3. shareholders

  4. spending $1.4 million medical insurance dollars a day to keep fiscally responsible IMPROVED Medicare Insurance for All off the table.

  5. sales commissions

  6. 33% of every medical insurance dollar is spent on administration

  7. Open up cost of pharmaceuticals to a bid - gain VA pricing

  8. Eliminate the private medical insurance industry because the 2000 private insurance providers do not provide health care.

  9. Eliminates Billions of Insurance Industry Overcharges http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

What is Full Coverage 24/7 ?

  • prescription drugs • hospital • surgical, • outpatient services • primary and preventive care • emergency services, • dental • mental health • home health
    • physical therapy • rehabilitation (including for substance abuse), • vision care, • hearing services including hearing aids • chiropractic • durable medical equipment • palliative care • long term care

NO deductible --- NO co-pay http://www.healthcare-now.org/

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Brenda Landwehr should have an insurance program that will cover the thousands of uninsured Kansans for less money. And at no extra cost to Kansas taxpayers. Repub neoconservatives are not the economic giants of our time.

DON"T expect insurance for less with reduction in services.... read the fine print closely.

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usnsnp 3 years, 3 months ago

Dom't know if everything in the health care bill is right, but I do know that there are a number of things that are right about it. As I watch people get up and complain about it, I notice that most of them do not have to worry about health care. In the congress the taxpayer pays for 75% of the cost, a Congress man pays the same amount as a Federal worker making 30,000 a year. As for our legilslature and executive branch I do not know what their medical benifits are and how much they pay, but I think that any body in public office that says we cannot afford to have medical care for everyone should have the guts to tell what percentage the taxpayer is paying of their health insurance. But that would never happen, their too busy trying to figure out how to get re-elected so they can remain on the government dole, or stay in power so they can push their narrow personnel agenda.

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