Letters to the Editor


July 29, 2012


To the editor:

An article in Thursday’s Journal-World pointed to a report by Families USA indicating that the Medicaid provision in the Affordable Care Act could save hundreds of live in Kansas each year. Kansas should ask Sam Brownback if his stubborn desire to oppose anything that might be of benefit to Obama is more important than the lives of Kansans? Is he pro-life only when it is politically expedient?


rtwngr 3 years, 1 month ago

Everyone agrees that there are some parts of the ACA that are worthwhile. The problem is there are vast pieces of the ACA that are garbage and their design is to move the country toward single payer healthcare. The biggest problem I have with the ACA is the provision that allows the Department of HHS to make up the rules and guidelines as we go along. It makes as much sense and the Speaker of the House, standing before the nation saying, "We have to pass it to know what's in it." It may be a constitutionally enacted law but it was passed with chicanery and dishonesty. The law itself is bad legislation. I support Governor Brownback in opposing this law by any legal means that he may employ.

msezdsit 3 years, 1 month ago

Wonder if you would support Brownback if your life was one of the lives Brownback is willing to sacrifice for his right wing radical ideologies.?

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

"It may be a constitutionally enacted law but it was passed with chicanery and dishonesty." Oh, Bush Co. set the standard for that!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

Bush Co's $700-billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, October 2008, was also passed using chicanery and dishonesty...One thing we can't deny, Bush Co. was a trend setter.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

Bush Co. used chicanery and dishonesty to take this country to war in Iraq. Trend setters, indeed!

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 1 month ago

Bush Co. - chicanery and dishonesty by the war mongers. Total Lies and Total Proof Pt. 2

geekin_topekan 3 years, 1 month ago

Repubs only care about you between the ages of; - infinity to birth, then they quit until you are of military age.

Phil Minkin 3 years, 1 month ago

geekin is right. They care about life from conception to birth, after that you're on your own especially if you are low income kids and the elderly.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

CBO estimates Obamacare will save $84 billion over 10 years.

Single-payer financing is the only way to recapture wasted money. Medicare Single Payer Insurance will save $400 billion annually.

The potential savings on paperwork, more than $400 billion per year, are enough to provide comprehensive coverage to everyone without paying any more than we already do.

Under a single-payer system, all Americans would be covered for all medically necessary services, including: doctor/ hospital/ preventive/ long-term care/ mental health/ reproductive health care/ dental/ vision/ prescription drug and medical supply costs.

Patients would regain free choice of doctor and hospital, and doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.

Physicians would be paid fee-for-service according to a negotiated formulary or receive salary from a hospital or nonprofit HMO / group practice. Hospitals would receive a global budget for operating expenses. Health facilities and expensive equipment purchases would be managed by regional health planning boards.

A single-payer system would be financed by eliminating private insurers and recapturing their administrative waste. Modest new taxes would replace premiums and out-of-pocket payments currently paid by individuals and business. Costs would be controlled through negotiated fees, global budgeting and bulk purchasing.

The link below will lead you to more specific information on the details of single-payer:


Richard Heckler 3 years, 1 month ago

Then again sex education and birth control have likely saved millions of lives from a pro-life and a Families USA point of view.

Abdu Omar 3 years, 1 month ago

My only gripe with the GOP is that they condemn this act but offer nothing in return. I don't want to eat spinach so must I go hungry? This is the same thing. Offer something that works better if you can and if not, shut up. There is no more discussion. I don't know if I, personally, am in favor of ACA but I see no other way as there is no comparison except what we have now. And that is unacceptable and EXPENSIVE!

Dignitas 3 years, 1 month ago

I cannot wait until Obama is fired and all the distructive forces he's brought with him are gone. Just because someone wraps crap with Bacon doesn't mean it should be eaten.. 4000 babies are murdered a day thru abortions I'm thinking millions Murdered and hundreds saved are a little different. No life should ever be lost but who says that what you say is true. Maybe the things you say are wrong. You sure people would actually be saved?

tbaker 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Minkin provides us with a classic example of the "Red Herring" intellectuall fallacy.

A Red Herring is a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue. The basic idea is to "win" an argument by leading attention away from the argument and to another topic. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

Topic A is under discussion. Topic B is introduced under the guise of being relevant to topic A (when topic B is actually not relevant to topic A). Topic A is abandoned.

This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because merely changing the topic of discussion hardly counts as an argument against a claim.

msezdsit 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Minkin provides us with a classic example of the "Red Herring" intellectuall fallacy. only to be out done by baker's mental midget fallacy

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