Archive for Friday, June 7, 2013

Letter: Sinking state

June 7, 2013


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? 


smileydog 10 months, 2 weeks 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.


none2 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Perhaps Brownback is a closeted Christian Scientist and simply thinks illness is an illusion -- thus no need to spend money on health care.


fmrl 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I mean this seriously, we should pray for him.


fmrl 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Sam Brownback may have been a decent person at some time. One of the problems of being "successful", especially at the levels that he has been is that you will be corrupted. I don't know if this means selling your soul or not. I hope not.


oneeye_wilbur 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Would anyone expect anything different from Scool of social welfare? Who pays Swall's salary?


Armstrong 10 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Dont_Tread_On_Me 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Run Forrest! If you are concerned about the Governor's Christianity, he has done great work in fighting the evil of abortion!


Dont_Tread_On_Me 10 months, 2 weeks ago

The Titanic never had an admiral command as it was a civilian ship. Admirals command fleets of ships. Sorry, but the first sentence bothered me!


Slowponder 10 months, 2 weeks 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.


Brock Masters 10 months, 2 weeks 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.


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