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Letter: Sinking state

June 7, 2013

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To the editor:

The governor is the admiral of the Titanic. He has decided, along with the Republican leadership, that the wealthy will float free in the lifeboats while the poor go down with the ship.

Gov. Brownback and the Legislature passed on expanding the Medicaid program, making sure the poor would stay locked out until they decide otherwise. Kansas lawmakers included a condition in the budget requiring a legislative vote to expand the Medicaid program.

The Medicaid expansion would have covered an estimated 150,000 more Kansans. The expansion would have allowed about $800 million in federal funding for the state over the next three years.

Kansas hospitals and association groups pushed for expanding the Medicaid program.  Hospitals and advocacy groups say the Medicaid expansion would give more people access to a payment system, reducing the amount of care for which providers aren’t compensated.

The governor’s refusal represents petty, partisan politics revealing an incredible callousness regarding the poor among us. 

Was the governor sleeping in Sunday School when he was a child?

Brownback’s denial is difficult to comprehend, indeed immoral, if one subscribes to common ideals of justice in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and traditions of other major religions of the world.  

What kind of a political leader is a governor who turns his back on the poor, denying them access to health care while rewarding so generously the wealthy, who are assured of health care, by reducing or eliminating their taxes? What kind of a state is Kansas? What kind of society are we? 

Comments

Brock Masters 2 years, 1 month ago

Medicaid expansion is not for the poor. The expansion is intended to include those who are above the poverty line.

Brownback didn't pass anything. Only the legislature passes bills and budgets.

The legislature performed poorly and a brownback demonstrated no leadership.

jafs 2 years, 1 month ago

The poverty line is much too low, in my opinion.

It's more like an "extreme poverty line" and should be adjusted to better reflect reality.

tomatogrower 2 years, 1 month ago

It was meant to help those people working for companies who refuse to provide insurance, and who expect us to subsidize their employees, so they can show even more profit. Not a nice profit, which supports everyone, but a big profit. And in Kansas many won't have to even pay taxes on those profits. And who cares if their workers get sick? They can be replaced.

Dick Sengpiehl 2 years, 1 month ago

The poverty line in Kansas is lower than most states. By not accepting the Federal aid for Medicaid, hospitals will lose millions of dollars by Kansas not participating because O'Bamacare will stop sending the money to hospitals to aid them in caring for the uninsured that come to emergency rooms. The hospital assn. has endorsed the Medicaid expansion because it will keep them solvent. It's shameful what our governor and legislature is doing.

Jonathan Becker 2 years, 1 month ago

Sammie prays for the poor. Isn't that enough? According to Carl Burkhead, he just doesn't pray hard enough.

FYI, there was no Admiral in charge of the Titanic. The man in charge was the Captain, and he was asleep.

tomatogrower 2 years, 1 month ago

Unfortunately, Brownback isn't asleep. He is actually steering us into the iceberg deliberately.

tomatogrower 2 years, 1 month ago

But if the kid has health problems later, he's on his own. Brownback's form or "christianity" apparently is only concerned for people until they are born. Then they are on their own. All hail the fetus.

gatekeeper 2 years, 1 month ago

Most think you should stay out of other people's health care decisions and keep your religious views to yourself. When life begins is pretty much based on your religion. Since we have freedom of religion and a fetus can't live on it's own outside the womb for many months, what a woman does with her body should not be dictated by your religious belief on when life begins.

Got it? You are free to believe what you want, but others are also free to have differing beliefs and not have their bodies regulated by your beliefs.

Dick Sengpiehl 2 years, 1 month ago

Read Christopher Reeves autobiography "Still Me". He criticizes Brownback repeatedly when a US Senator for his efforts to defund The National Institute of Health(NIH) because of his stance on stem cell research. This involved research on stem cells already harvested and the choice of whether they would be destroyed or used to help spinal cord injured citizens.

Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

CA,IL,NY under D leadership and all on the verge of bankruptcy. I will take my chances with Sam any day.

notaubermime 2 years, 1 month ago

You know, you could at least bother to check if your statements are actually correct before posting them. California is facing a large budget surplus right now. New York's budget has been balanced and ahead of schedule almost every year since Cuomo took office.

Only Illinois is in the same position as Kansas is where they have to cut spending to make up for revenue shortfalls.

Armstrong 2 years, 1 month ago

CA 2013 debt approaching 1 BILLION. NY approaching 380 MILION. I'm not sure where you made up your facts but if you'd bother to do a quick fact check odds are you would look less foolish

chootspa 2 years, 1 month ago

"When Brown took office two years ago, the state had a $27 billion deficit... This year, California will have an $850 million budget surplus in the coming fiscal year."

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-25/jerry-brown-californias-grownup-governor

notaubermime 2 years, 1 month ago

http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/empire/2012/mar/27/cuomo-skelos-and-silver-announce-agreement-on-ny-state-budget/

From last year and to quote the article: "It marks the second year in a row the state’s budget has come in balanced and before the deadline." This year's budget made it three in a row.

voevoda 2 years, 1 month ago

Since he's retired, he's living off money he earned while employed.

People who are paid by the state, oneeye_wilbur, do not sacrifice their rights as citizens to speak out on public matters. No boss, and especially not the boss who is "We the People" can infringe First Amendment liberties. Not even in the state of Kansas. At least not yet.

smileydog 2 years, 1 month ago

As Obama initiates his coup, the letter writer only needs to wait a little longer for his one party socialism system to take effect then everything will be all better.

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