Archive for Monday, January 28, 2013

Statehouse Live: Eudora woman says she will run for state insurance commissioner

January 28, 2013


Beverly Gossage, of Eudora, says she will run for the Republican nomination for Kansas insurance commissioner.

Gossage, who described herself as a conservative, pro-life Republican, said she will fight against the Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama and often called Obamacare.

Gossage is director of HSA Benefits Consulting.

"I believe that I am uniquely qualified to make our state a model for the nation when it comes to taking every action to fight against this law and build consumer-driven health reform with greater competition and choices," she said.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, a moderate Republican, has urged state officials to work in partnership with the federal government to implement aspects of the law. Praeger, a former legislator from Lawrence, has indicated she will not seek re-election.

The Republican Party primary is in August 2014.

Gossage said she is a former school teacher in Lawrence who became an insurance agent in 2002.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Oh good, now we have someone who'll defend the status quo of the most expensive healthcare system in the world (to no small extent because of so many well-paid but pointless middle men in the insurance industry.) Let's make sure we elect a good Christian who'll make sure that this country continues to have the highest percentage of people with no access to health care out of all wealthy developed countries in the world.

Hooligan_016 5 years ago

Sandy Praeger is doing just fine, Ms. Gossage.

Greg Cooper 5 years ago

Yes, she is, but, unlike the last gubernatorial election, Democrats ( or somebody) need to plan ahead. Tom Holland would have been an escellent governor, but the D Party in Kansas did little, if any, advance work and provided little support for him.

If we are not to have another pseudo-Christian, toe-the-line puppet in the Commsih's office, The Democratic Party had better have begun, by now, the process of grooming, with dollars and publicity, the heir to Sandy's position.

ModerateOne 5 years ago

Maybe the Democrats should groom Sandy.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

I would love to see Sandy run for Governor on either ticket. She is a good and decent lady.
I don't agree with her on everything, but I do know that she would make a fine governor.

sciencegeek 5 years ago

But not in the future. As the only non-appointed member of the Cabinet, Praeger chose to represent the people of Kansas who elected her. That meant she didn't always follow orders from the Brownback machine as did the rest of the cabinet. Consequently, she and the Insurance Department have been under unremitting harassment since this administration began.

It is doubtful that Praeger will run again, and who can blame her? Gossage sounds like a logical recipient of the money and attack machine of the AFP/Koch machine.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

So what. Her being a "Good Christian" trumps all.

Steve Jacob 5 years ago

I am hoping Sandy Praeger runs for Senate, don't care which party, if Roberts does not run.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years ago

Gossage will be an asset to the citizens of Kansas.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Take off the 'et' from asset and you'll have it right.

grasslighter 5 years ago

Perhaps a better candidate would be someone who knows nothing of the insurance business.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

Gossage will be an asset to those who are wealthy and/or those who never get sick.

lunacydetector 5 years ago

....and the non-government private insurance premiums will increase 5.7%. for smokers it's even worse with an expected 50% increase.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

I recall an exchange during last year's CNN/Tea Party Express debate when Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question about a healthy young man without health insurance suddenly becoming gravely ill and requiring long term intensive care. Ron Paul ducked the question, and Blitzer pressed the point, asking whether he was suggesting society should let the guy die. At that point, the rabble in the audience erupted in cheers and whoops of "Yeah!"

Had Ms. Gossage been in the audience, no doubt she would have been leading the cheers.

I really get a kick out of these "Good Christians."

optimist 5 years ago

While I don't support allowing anyone to die, does it not sound ridiculous that the rest of us should value the life and health of that young man more than he does. In a society that was built on self reliance and individual responsibility it is incumbent upon the individual to protect themselves and provide for their basic needs. The cost of a simple catastrophic healthcare plan is reasonably affordable. It doesn't cover all of the incidental care that other policies do but it would protect this hypothetical young man in the event that he becomes gravely ill. I'm willing to bet the young man, given today’s society, owns a smart phone, a nice vehicle (probably more expensive than he can afford), wears designer clothes and buys overpriced drinks for the ladies every Saturday night in hopes of gaining favor from them. Oh and he probably declined health insurance from his employer so as not to cramp his style...buying drinks for the ladies and all. While I believe my hypothetical "young man" is a fairly accurate reflection of today’s society I did take liberties here, much like you did in putting Ms. Gossage in the audience at that event.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

"does it not sound ridiculous that the rest of us should value the life and health of that young man more than he does?"

If I understand your logic correctly, if somebody makes a mistake and puts their life at risk, decent human beings should just kick back and watch a potential tragedy unfold, rather than intervene positively and proactively After all, any person who makes a mistake and puts his life at risk doesn't really value his life much, and accordingly, neither should any of us.

You also wrote: "a society that was built on self reliance and individual responsibility ...... "

Not exactly, unless you believe that the characters in Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion" are a microcosm of American Culture.

Employer provided health insurance. Occupational Safety Laws. The forty hour work week. The minimum wage. The middle class. You've heard of those things? Well, contrary to your beliefs, those essential elements of the America Dream are hardly the product of the rugged individualism you cite, but instead, are solely the fruit of the American Labor Movement, a collectivist bunch through and through.

kujayhawk7476 5 years ago

Oh good, another right-wing whacko in state government; just what we need....NOT!!! Go away Ms Gossage, your kind isn't welcome in Kansas anymore!

George_Braziller 5 years ago

An insurance agent who plans to run for Insurance Commissioner? Gee, no conflict of interest there.

Clearly4Kansas 5 years ago

A couple of points to keep in mind: 1. Sandy isn't running for reelection. 2. Aaron Jack is the govenors candidate.

grasslighter 5 years ago

Absolutely amazing to see so many uninformed people believe that people still have no access to health care insurance. It is a free market industry and if you can't afford to buy your own, there is a multi-layered safety net system.

"Insurance agent who plans to run for Insurance Commissioner?" Gosh, maybe having a veterinarian as Livestock Commissioner, or an MD as Secretary of Dept of Health is a conflict of interest?! And shudder to think we would have anyone from the Banking business as the State Bank Commissioner!


George_Braziller 5 years ago

The Insurance Commissioner position is different. The department also advocates for individuals battling with insurance companies not wanting to pay legitimate claims.

hedshrinker 5 years ago

This is one of those sad situations in which you realize the opposition can be a decent human being, albeit with a totally different value system (which you may find reprehensible). I think Ms Gossage is a pleasant , knowledgable, and helpful person who pretty selflessly has helped numerous people find reasonable health insurance options when they didn't have the employer provided option. I know she's long been an advocate for Health Savings Accounts and has worked with Republicans on a national level on health insurance issues for decades. However, her lens seems totally as a product of the insurance industry (and investment/wealth management) who may not understand that HSA's aren't options for people without the disposable income that allows you to put $2,500 of your own wealth aside in a dedicated bank account at the beginning of the year to pay your anticipated medical expenses, collect interest on the account and roll it over to the next year (unlike employer sponsored MSA, which are use it or lose it).And ultimately her rather one note solutions to the complexity of healthcare delivery in our country seem simplistic and class based. And I find her highlighting of faith issues( as a qualification for her run for office?) completely inappropriate. We know how that's worked out with our Gov. We are going to be in deep trouble when Commissioner Praeger leaves office. I'm sure she is completely tired of having to contend with the Gov.'s complete intransigence on the issue of the ACA, but she has heroically been one of the few backstops against the ridiculous idiocy of the current State regime.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

"I think Ms Gossage is a pleasant , knowledgable, and helpful person who pretty selflessly has helped numerous people find reasonable health insurance options when they didn't have the employer provided option."

"Selflessly"? Please cut with the hyperbole. She helps people find health insurance because she earns her living as an insurance agent, and makes commissions for her efforts.

Nothing wrong with that. But let's get real. She doesn't do this type of thing because of a Mother Teresa complex. Take away the commissions she is paid, and I doubt she would be acting so "selflessly."

hedshrinker 5 years ago

Did you bother to read the totality of my comment? in which I clearly stated her inappropriate pushing of religious and clearly classist, and insurance industry agendas stand in stark contrast to your quotes from me taken out of context. People who work in state government tell me all the time that Gov Sam in person is affable, concerned, pleasant, but they and I know his stark, obsessive pursuit of already disproved policies are RUINING our beloved state. It is an important point to realize that we can not vote for politicians who manage the creation and implementation of public policies for thousands/millions of others SOLELY based on their (apparently) nice personalities.

tomatogrower 5 years ago

The Affordable Care Act is a law. She will try not to administer that law, which would be part of her job? Already, I'm really not impressed.

cowboy 5 years ago

Ms Gossage is a paid speaker for the ALEC organization , translated a troll for the Koch Brothers agenda. She has promoted candidates who were obviously fringe oriented i.e. Anthony Brown and dear old uncle Newt.

Can't run from your record Ms Gossage. You are what you promote and that concept was soundly rejected in the national elections.

In a short period of time Kansans , even conservative Kansans will see what the whack ideology of Kock , Brownback , et al will reap and reject the rest of you soundly.

Richard Heckler 5 years ago

Sandy Praeger is a republican who can garner democrat votes. Not only that Sandy Praeger is the knowledge behind this job.

This is not surprising. Brownback would have fired Sandy Praeger by now had she not been an elected official.

Bob Forer 5 years ago

Sandy is a dying breed. The proverbial moderate, educated, independent-minded, forward thinking, and good and decent Kansas Republican in the tradition of Alf Landon, Dwight Eisenhower and Bob Dole. Its a damn shame that the Kansas party has been hijacked by a bunch of backwards, uninformed, reactionary and knee jerk yahoos. The new breed of Kansas Republican is in name only.

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