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‘Obamacare’ likely to be battle cry for conservatives

GOP candidates spend freely to get message against Democrats across

October 8, 2012

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— Democrats say that conservative Republican groups that helped defeat moderate Republican state legislators in the August primary by saying they were linked to President Barack Obama and “Obamacare” will do the same thing in the general election against Democrats in state legislative races.

Mailers produced by conservative groups have tried to link President Barack Obama to moderate Republican state Senate Republican Vicki Schmidt of Topeka. Schmidt was one of the few moderate Republicans to survive to GOP primary. Democratic legislative candidates expect the same treatment from the conservative groups in the general election.

Mailers produced by conservative groups have tried to link President Barack Obama to moderate Republican state Senate Republican Vicki Schmidt of Topeka. Schmidt was one of the few moderate Republicans to survive to GOP primary. Democratic legislative candidates expect the same treatment from the conservative groups in the general election.

The Republican Party primary was a free-for-all in spending by groups that operate independently from the candidates and those that provide issue ads.

“We have far exceeded this year what has occurred in prior years,” said Carol Williams, executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission.

For example, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce political action committee spent $675,000 on behalf of conservative state Senate candidates for the primary. The Chamber’s ally Americans for Prosperity spent unknown amounts since it doesn’t have to report its expenditures because it is an issue advocacy group. Both AFP and the Chamber PAC are funded in part by Wichita-based Koch Industries, which is headed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

In some of their mailers, the moderate Republican state legislators were accused of being supporters of Obama and the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

Jeff Glendening, a spokesman for the Chamber, said it was appropriate because some of the moderate Republicans supported increased spending and tax increases.

Asked whether the chamber planned the same strategy to defeat Democrats in the Nov. 6 general election, Glendening declined to say. But he noted, “He (Obama) is the leader of their party.”

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said: “The misinformation that came out in the primary elections is undoubtedly going to be repeated again in the general election.”

The Kansas Legislature had nothing to do with the passage of Obamacare, since it was an act approved by Congress, signed into law by the president and ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The fact of the matter is, there isn’t a person in this building (the Kansas Statehouse) that is going to impact whether Obamacare goes forward or not, and the Republicans are simply trying to tie people to what they perceive to be an unpopular issue at the federal level and change the outcome of elections based on it,” Davis said.

During the Republican Party primary, several moderate Republican senators said they were leading in their races but in the final weeks were smeared by numerous slick campaign pieces mailed to their constituents day after day.

“If you have enough money, and come out totally negative and pound people and pound people, eventually it makes a difference,” said Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, who was defeated in the GOP primary by state Rep. Larry Powell, R-Garden City.

Morris felt the sting of Americans for Prosperity early on. An AFP postcard sent to voters in the western Kansas district, said, “Unhappy that Obama and five Supreme Court justices are forcing you to accept ObamaCare? Thank Steve Morris. He voted to restrict Kansans’ right to opt-out of ObamaCare if the law was upheld. Steve Morris’ vote prevented you from having the option to say NO to Obama’s radical agenda.”

During the last legislative session, Morris voted for a proposed constitutional amendment to be placed on the ballot that said Kansans could not be forced to buy insurance. The amendment was seen as a rebuke to Obamacare. But AFP criticized Morris for also voting for a provision that said if the Supreme Court had already upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare then the state constitutional amendment would not be submitted to voters. Supporters of that provision said it would have been a waste of money to have a ballot measure on Obamacare if the Supreme Court had already decided the issue.

With advance voting in the general election starting Oct. 17, candidates say they expect the onslaught of political mailers to start soon.

Of Democrats, Davis said, “We are going to try to stay focused on jobs, taxes, and education, the issues that we can really do something about here at the state Capitol.”

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Consumers should have the opportunity to opt out from the medical insurance Industry in favor of Medicare Single Payer Insurance.

Face it most elected officials are afraid to cut off the medical insurance industry. It's the campaign dollars and shareholder dividends.

How to Strengthen Medicare Single Payer Insurance? Leave it alone. Then start by immediately allowing seniors to purchase pharmaceuticals through the VA system.

Next open Medicare Single Payer Insurance to all taxpayers and let them make the choice as we speak. Allow consumers the opportunity to switch on their terms. No arm twisting. If some consumers do not want to give up expensive coverage it’s their money. What could possibly be more American?

60% of insured are covered with taxes worth approximately $1.2 trillion tax dollars according to Physicians for a National Health Program. This $1.2 trillion is more than enough to provide insurance to all in the nation under Medicare Single Payer. http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources

Medicare Single Payer Insurance makes Americans more employable and opens doors for small business ventures. Opens doors for new industry.

What could possibly be more American? Providing Americans with the choice of Medicare Single Payer Insurance is the only equitable approach that includes all of us. No arm twisting.

Medicare Single Payer Insurance would save hundreds of billions annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private health insurance industry and HMOs. http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources

Why not go into this matter that leaves the choice open to citizens. No arm twisting.

This program could commence almost immediately by consolidating all of the following into the program.

--- all disabled veterans

--- all government employees

What this approach does is provide veterans with more convenient choices for Medical care.

Face it Medicare Single Payer Insurance will dramatically reduce the cost of medical insurance to all governments and school districts.

Are Americans ready for Medicare Single Payer Insurance ? Of course.

http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-resources Physicians for a National Health Program

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

Why is it acceptable that taxpayers pay for government employees but not acceptable for them to have their own medical insurance covered from the tax dollar pool?

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 6 months ago

The medical insurance industry will dupe as many as possible as long as the industry exists... they have been doing it for decades. Yet consumers continue to worship the fraudulent industry...go figure,

Elected officials have no clue what the industry is doing.

Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid, according to a report released yesterday by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee.

At a committee hearing yesterday, three health-care specialists testified that insurers go to great lengths to avoid responsibility for sick people, use deliberately incomprehensible documents to mislead consumers about their benefits, and sell "junk" policies that do not cover needed care. Rockefeller said he was exploring "why consumers get such a raw deal from their insurance companies."

The star witness at the hearing was a former public relations executive for major health insurers whose testimony boiled down to this: Don't trust the insurers.

"The industry and its backers are using fear tactics, as they did in 1994, to tar a transparent and accountable -- publicly accountable -- health-care option," said Wendell Potter, who until early last year was vice president for corporate communications at the big insurer Cigna.

Insurers make paperwork confusing because "they realize that people will just simply give up and not pursue it" if they think they have been shortchanged, Potter said.

More on this story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/24/AR2009062401636.html

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

In response to Obamacare, a major restaurant group is experimenting with cutting its employees hours in the hopes of cutting the costs of healthcare. Darden Restaurants, which owns the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Yard House chains has stopped offering full-time schedules to hourly workers. The company plans to offer a maximum of 28 hours per week per employee. More unintended consequences of the government takeover of 1/6 of the economy. Democrat Nancy Pelosi said it best, we won't know what's in Obamacare until we pass it... under-employment, lies, bribes, waivers and corruption. We can reverse this nightmare in November with Romney-Ryan.

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tbaker 1 year, 6 months ago

From Andrew Sullivan:

Before the debate, Obama had a 51 - 43 lead; now, Romney has a 49 - 45 lead. That's a simply unprecedented reversal for a candidate in October. Before Obama had leads on every policy issue and personal characteristic; now Romney leads in almost all of them. Obama's performance gave Romney a 12 point swing! I repeat: a 12 point swing.

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/10/did-obama-just-throw-the-entire-election-away.html

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

And I can recall when it was something akin to universal health care.
... you know... something apolitical... essential... human.

/ if political couldn't find something grand onto which to glom,
it would descend into utter pettiness... // oops... never mind

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situveux1 1 year, 6 months ago

"Republicans are simply trying to tie people to what they perceive to be an unpopular issue at the federal level and change the outcome of elections based on it,” Davis said."

Uhhh, yea, that's politics...

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Satirical 1 year, 6 months ago

Pastor_Bedtime... "Romneycare's coverage for pre-existing conditions is zilch unless the patient had prior coverage. Did he lie, or is he just clueless?"

So, in other words Romney's plan does cover it, but you want to call him a liar?


"In other words, flip-flip as often as necessary to get that vote." - Pastor_Bedtime

I am sorry that Romney doesn't have horns growing out of his head and doesn't eat babies for breakfast as Team Obama wants you to believe, but after the debate the American people are seeing the truth. His position has been entirely consistent in regards to Healthcare: healthcare crafted by the States = Good; healthcare crafted by the Federal Government = Not Good. For some reason, you liberals don't understand Federalism.

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Pastor_Bedtime 1 year, 6 months ago

Unlike what he stated, Romneycare's coverage for pre-existing conditions is zilch unless the patient recently had prior coverage. Did he lie, or is he just clueless? My guess is both. But remember: While Obmacare is bad and socialist, Romneycare is exactly what the country needs. In other words, flip-flip as often as necessary to get that vote. Any questions?

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Satirical 1 year, 6 months ago

Obamacare will be a reason some voters show up to the polls, but this election is really all about two competing economic theories -- hayek vs. keynes

Lucky for us there is a rap which makes this argument very clear... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERT...

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Satirical 1 year, 6 months ago

If conservatives want all Americans to have shoes they seek ways for the free market and competition to bring costs down so that shoes are affordable to everyone. If liberals want all Americans to have shoes, they pass a thousand page bill (which no one reads before voting for it), which creates a new Department of Shoes.

If profit from insurance companies is so bad, why isn't profit in other sectors of the economy also bad? If government could provide superior services at a lower cost, we would all be communists.

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Enlightenment 1 year, 6 months ago

jafs made a good point earlier, many of the ACA provisions have yet to be implemented. So far it appears to be successful and will only improve over time.

PLEASE READ: This is a link to the timeline for the provisions of the ACA.

http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 1 year, 6 months ago

This is the problem with electing extremists in either party, they provide a backlash that elects extremists in the other party. The Democratic Party needs to return to candidates like the Clintons who bring a more moderate approach to government and attract more independent voters. The only thing President Obama has achieved is providing fuel for the far right,

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

Obamacare will run better than medicare, social security, DMV, and VA......oh and TSA.

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justfornow 1 year, 6 months ago

No, it's the economy stupid!!! The new left catch phrase is Gov. Romney lied during the debate, what did he lie about?

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

Speaking of "free-for-all in spending by groups", the website Obama.com gets most of its traffic from foreign countries, raising questions about the legality of tens of millions of small dollar donations to the campaign. The GAI released details of an eight-month probe into fundraising that shows Obama's outreach and fundraising have targeted websites in Chinese, Arabic, Thai, and Korean. Generally, donations from foreign nations are illegal. A TV network, national magazine and national website were working on the story but were being pressured by the Obama campaign to kill it. The report suggests that many of the donations are less than the $200 cut-off which requires the campaign to identify the donor.

In related news, Samantha Pawlucy, the Port Richmond teen ridiculed by a teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney shirt, plan to bombard her school with patriotism. Many have called for geometry teacher Lynette Gaymon to be fired for telling Pawlucy that her Mitt Romney shirt was akin to wearing a KKK shirt to school. Gaymon also told Pawlucy that the school was "Democratic." Kind of like some newspaper "journalists" in Lawrence, KS.

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Richard Payton 1 year, 6 months ago

Vouchercare = ouch got you middle class.

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KoolaidFree 1 year, 6 months ago

Why no mention of the 2 other large contributors - the KNEA and the Teamsters? Is it because you only want to report things that harm conservatives and make no mention of liberals doing the same exact thing?

What a hypocritical article.

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Liberty275 1 year, 6 months ago

Republicans can scream "Obamacare" until they turn blue in the face, but; until their candidate supports freedom from government interference in personal lives, I won't vote "R".

Re-elect Obama with your bigotry and god-given right to shove your nose in other people's business. Take the country down. I don't care.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 6 months ago

You yonger members under 50 years might want to skip this one....

"New Romney"= "Old Goldwater".

(He used to be a senator from Arizona (where else??) who was ready to nuke the entire portion of the world that did not knuckle under to the U.S. policy.)

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BABBOY 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this even news? Obamacare has been their battle cry since they lost the last election.....

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Trumbull 1 year, 6 months ago

I also wonder what deductions and credits are going to be eliminated. This is what Romney stated in the debate. Could they be mortgage interest deduction, child dependent deductions and exemptions, earned income credit? If so, this would surely be a significant increase for lower and middle class taxpayers. The R's need to be specific. I'm rather surprised Obama did not ask him during the debate. President Obama was not on. Not sure what was wrong.

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

"Obamacare". "Misinformation". Two words That indeed go together. I'm astonished By the slant of this writer. Is this opinion, if so its ok I suppose.

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Enlightenment 1 year, 6 months ago

Also very tired of the ignorant opposition to the ACA. Too many people fail to realize the benefits significantly outweigh any negative attributes of the Act.

Can any of those opposed to the ACA present an argument against the ACA that is not rhetoric or politically biased, and support your claim with real data from a legitimate and unbiased source?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 6 months ago

How does it feel to live in a state where the govrener, legislature and most all other elected officials are bought and paid for by two billionaires??

Actually, I am amazed that this newssrag would even publish the remarks by Paul Davis, since the management of this republican trumpet section is so hidebound to advance the adgenda of the republican terrorist party and their tea bag soaked constituannts.

Repubpcan candidates for all offices are using the racist epithet "Obamacare" in their misleading and rancourous advertising. Most who claim they will "repeal Obamacare" actually have no say whatsoever in that decision, but stupid, clueless and dullard voters do not seem to make that connection.

Wanna know what the republican terrorists REALLY think and want to advance? Check out Akin over in Missouri with his anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-Medicare, anti-Socail security, anti-student loan program and generally any other beneficial programs that the republican terrorists view as "entitlements".

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Enlightenment 1 year, 6 months ago

I sure am tired of Romney and his ignorant supporters claiming the $716 billion cut to medicare claim. Obama is reallocating the money in health care, so it is not a true cut. Unlike the R/R team, which wants to flat out cut cost that will result in lost services.

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JackMcKee 1 year, 6 months ago

What the hell do these idiots think they're going to do about the ACA in the KS legislature? Nothing.

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tennesseerader 1 year, 6 months ago

Point to anything the U.S. government does that the private sector can't do better. Obamacare will be inefficient and so saddled with bureaucracy that the medical field will be paralyzed. Look at any other country in the world that has socialized medicine and their care is substandard. I have an HSA and Obamacare seeks to phase out my insurance. My cost has gone up 40% since obamacare became law.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 6 months ago

Obamacare's $716 billion in cuts will drive doctors out of Medicare. There are 600,000 physicians in America who care for the 48 million seniors on Medicare. Of the $716 billion that the Obamacare cuts from the program over the next ten years, the largest chunk ($415 billion) comes from slashing Medicare’s reimbursement rates to hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors. This significant reduction in fees is driving many doctors to stop accepting new Medicare patients, making it harder for seniors to gain access to needed care. Source: forbes.com. Let's end Obamacare. Romney-Ryan 2012!

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skinny 1 year, 6 months ago

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

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Josh Brumm 1 year, 6 months ago

I dunno. "Remember the Alamo!" I think is still a more effective battle cry. I can't imagine anyone charging the enemy while yelling "Obamacare!"

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SageonPage 1 year, 6 months ago

First of all independent thinking and common sense Kansans smell a rat being shoved down their throat by Kathleen 'The Hammer" Rebelious and her pal Sandy Praeger and they want no part of it. Now let's hear a word from the genius Paul Davis- " and the Republicans are simply trying to tie people to what they perceive to be an unpopular issue at the federal level and change the outcome of elections based on it,". Thanks genius, and yes we don't want no STINKING OBAMACARE/SOCIALISM! Paul, kathlean and Sandy can all move to Chicago ( murder capital of the U.S.) and wallow in thug run democrat failed policies.

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atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

Obamacare will run better than medicare, social security, DMV, and VA.

Backlog of Veterans' Disability Claims Increases 179% Under Obama By Matt Cover October 4, 2012

The backlog of veterans’ disability claims has jumped by 179 percent during President Barack Obama’s first term in office, reaching 883,949 outstanding claims, according to Veterans Administration (VA) statistics. (Click Oct. 1, 2012 link.)

The backlog of claims is at near-record highs, with 65.8 percent of claims being backlogged for 125 days or more.

The total claims include disability claims by veterans as well as from surviving spouses, children, or parents. As the VA explains, these claims are "based upon the effects of disabilities, diseases, or injuries incurred or aggravated during military service." And the claims by spouses, children, or parents are based "upon the Veteran's death due to service-related causes."

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Charles L Bloss Jr 1 year, 6 months ago

I am totally against Obamacare. I need medicare and it would be cut. In addition the "healthcare" law includes a 3.8% tax on all real estate transactions. What does that have to do with healthcare? What other surprises are in it? It is imperative that it is undone, and I strongly support doing just that. We seniors need medicare and social security, we do not need cuts to either. Both should be funded properly and enhanced.

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observant 1 year, 6 months ago

Kansans, as dumb as the rest of the world thinks they are.

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question4u 1 year, 6 months ago

It doesn't take much to dupe the average Kansas voter. If you don't want people concentrating on the projected $2.5 billion state deficit and the impending massive cuts to state agencies that the Brownback administration has inflicted on Kansas then just rally around an issue that state legislators can't affect one way or the other. AFP and the Chamber PAC have little respect for the intelligence of the average Kansas voter, but unfortunately their opinion seems to be apt. Too many Kansas voters are pigeons ready and willing to be plucked, and they won't even understand why one day soon they'll wake up with no feathers.

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Mike1949 1 year, 6 months ago

I don't understand, with only a few exceptions, the Republican plan is exactly the same except the middle class will pay in twice they do now. The poor gets kicked to the side of the curb and told to stay there and die!

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