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Kansas’ U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

September 20, 2013


Kansas' all-Republican U.S. House delegation today supported the GOP plan that would provide stopgap funding to keep the government running but only if President Barack Obama's health care plan is defunded.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence, said the Affordable Care Act was hurting the economy and Kansans.

"While the President refuses to act, Kansans who are struggling to fight for themselves and their families in this weak economy have sent me to Washington to fight for them – to help make life a little easier for them. This is what I intend to do, and it starts with repealing and replacing the President’s health care law," Jenkins said.

The measure was approved in the Republican-controlled House 230-189 and now goes to the Senate where Democrats said it is dead on arrival. Even if it were to pass the Senate, President Obama said he would veto the bill.

Speaking at the Ford Motor plant in Claycomo, Mo., Obama defended the ACA, saying it would provide health coverage to millions of Americans who cannot afford it now.

He said House Republicans were jeopardizing the nation's economy by threatening to stop funding government and refusing to raise the debt ceiling if they can't de-fund the health reform law.

"They're focused on politics," Obama said. "They're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you," he said.

Margie Wakefield, a Democrat from Lawrence, who has announced that she will challenge Jenkins in 2014, said Jenkins' vote today "was a vote to shut down the government, pure and simple. It is past time for Congresswoman Jenkins to stop the political gamesmanship, stop standing in the way of solutions, and get to work passing a budget that will help businesses create jobs and protect Kansas families."

U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park also voted for the bill.


David Albertson 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Amercan people reject the guy who ran on a platform of dismantling Obamacare? We had a choice last year. We voted to keep Obama and Obamacare.


William Weissbeck 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Kansas Congressional delegation = proof that the inmates/patients in the asylum all share the same conspiracy theory. If Kansas wants to save money on the budget, can't we just phone the votes in? It's not like our members are adding anything to the debate, as with most of the GOP. And because they have no intention of passing actual legislation, just put up a giant "No" banner on the House floor and save the money staying home. In fact it will give them more time to raise money and campaign for 2014, since that's really their only intention.


Richard Heckler 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Congress Revise Medicare Then Open It Up To Taxpayers = it pays for itself

There are more than 50 million taxpayers who simply cannot afford the medical insurance industry. This industry is designed for the 1% no one else. Certainly not all of the 1% can appreciate the inflated premiums.

50 million new enrollees will more than pay for the Medicare Single Payer Insurance program. How? More than $1.4 trillion tax dollars flow into the industry annually. That is more money than is necessary to cover the cost of the Medicare Single Payer Insurance model on the table as we speak.

Leave the choice to the taxpayers knowing more than 50 million will want to sign up almost immediately. Thus the program cost is covered.

After all the more than $1.4 trillion tax dollars mentioned above belong to the taxpayers not elected officials. Medicare Single Payer Insurance is far more efficient use of my tax dollars so why procrastinate any further. This is one effort that would improve the nations economy and job market pronto.

Single-Payer (HR 676 and S 703) Expanded Medicare for All


Richard Heckler 6 months, 4 weeks ago

What is there to fix? Anyone know?

There have been double digit increase years and years long before Obamacare was on the planet.

Blame the medical insurance industry. After all the industry owns 8 lobbyists per elected officials that walk around dropping millions upon millions into campaign cookie jars. That practice is abuse of health care dollars perhaps even fraudulent use of healthcare dollars.

Perhaps this needs to be fixed? Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid.

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.

Can'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.

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Richard Heckler 6 months, 4 weeks ago

What's the point of defunding Obamacare?


Carol Bowen 6 months, 4 weeks ago

According to the PEW research graph attached, over half of the people who are opposed to Obamacare want the ACA fixed rather than repealed.


Carol Bowen 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Here's a link with a summary on most of the current Obamacare talking points above.

Let's try to stay away from conjecture. It doesn't help the discussion. By the way, two companies have announced an insurance voucher system for part time employees this week - Walgreens and Trader Joe's. And, another BTW, some health insurance companies already had the thirty hour rule. It's not new to Obamacare. Neither, are companies who try to avoid providing benefits. Not everything can be blamed on Obamacare.


In_God_we_trust 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Actually the democrats in the Senate could stand with Americans to resolve this and help the country with the republicans by passing the House government funding bill on to the President and drop Obamacare. The fact that democrats and the President don't want to drop Obamacare, is what threatens the US not paying bills, not the republicans. The republicans want to fund the government so they can pay their bills. The President is the one that said he won't work with Congress (in particular the republicans) by dropping Obamacare; polls say that 70% of the people want Obamacare dropped. The President will bear the full blame, if he chooses to not pass government funding and drop Obamacare. The House with some democrats passed the government funding-Obamacare funding cut bill. Here is a refresher on how the disaster of Obamacare came to be:

"More than three years ago, Congress passed a massive health insurance law without one Republican vote and in the face of significant public opposition. This 2,700 page bill was rammed through Congress in the early morning hours on Christmas Eve. Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi even said Congress had to pass the bill so that we could find out what is in it. While the President promised the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lower health care costs and strengthen our health care system, the reality is the law is increasing health insurance premiums, slowing economic recovery, and hindering job growth."


JayhawkFan1985 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Lynn Jenkins fights for the needy following the examples set by ghengis khan, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, and Cortez.


JohnBrown 6 months, 4 weeks ago

"CLEARLY, Obamacare will be a financial disaster for this country and the economy. I support the Republican efforts to defund this train wreck." -0IDan.


Yes, IODan, the Republicans are just REALLY GOOD at predicting which policies grow economies.

Oh, wait. The auto industry is still functioning...and paying back the loans we made to them. Oh, wait, 3/4 of our national debt was piled up by Reagan, Bush and W. Oh, wait, Iraq hasn't used their oil revenues to pay for our invading them.

What's clear is that the Tea Party (I can't call them Republicans any more) is anti-O'Bama...regardless of what O'Bama is for. As Lynn Jenkins said, they "need a great white hope"




OlDan 6 months, 4 weeks ago

According to polls aproximately 70% oppose Obamacare. The unions oppose Obamacare due to job losses. Hospitals are facing shortfalls in budgeting due to Obamacare. All hospitals are cutting back and laying off hospital personnel. Cleveland Clinic is the leading example having to trim $300 M and laying off thousands. Companies are laying off full time employees or cutting hours to avoid having to pay insurance costs due to Obamacare. Most all companies are restructuring their insurance benefits or giving their employees a sum of cash to buy insurance on the federal exchanges. Yes, Obamacare offers some benefits that are desirable to many, but at what cost? The CBO projections are clearly trending upward for Obamacare costs. It is now projected that Obamacare will cost 3 times more than the original CBO estimates in 2010. What will they say next year? Clearly, Obamacare will be a financial disaster for this country and the economy. I support the Republican efforts to defund this train wreck.


Richard Heckler 6 months, 4 weeks ago

What's the point of defunding Obamacare? And revert back to the medical insurance industry that could deny coverage at will and/or simply cut clients off completely?

The Kansas delegation represents the ALEC Right Wing Party not the Republican Party. The ALEC Right Wing Party unfortunately has assassinated the once user friendly Republican Party.

These ALEC people sound like republicans on the campaign trail. However once elected they immediately get back to the ALEC Agenda.

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers

ALEC – The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in State Legislatures

ALEC EXPOSED – The Koch Connection

ALEC – Ghostwriting The Law for Corporate America


ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting


In_God_we_trust 6 months, 4 weeks ago

I fully support the house bill to fund the government and withhold funding from ACA or Obamacare. We need good law to replace Obamacare. The best way is to stop all funding and then replace it with good law. I fully support our Representatives concerning the house bill. Good job! Now it's up to the Senate to send it to the President for passage.


Steve Jacob 6 months, 4 weeks ago

Washington is so dysfunctional right now, the only guy not afraid to make a decision is Ben Bernanke, and he's out soon. Tell me what the government has done since 2010 mid term elections?


Carol Bowen 6 months, 4 weeks ago

This could really turn into a game, if everyone wanted to play this way. What about defunding border patrol along the Mexican border? Or, defunding the low interest rates for businesses because of the Federal Reserve Board? Or, subsidies to corporate farms?


lcarol 6 months, 4 weeks ago

How many people in this country go to a job everyday that they don't particularly like, but they go because they have to have health care for their families? I believe the Affordable Care Act is a boon to the spirit of this nation. Do you have an idea for a business you have always wanted to try but were afraid to leave the security of that job with healthcare? What happens if the security of a healthcare exchange let's you spread your wings? I believe the business community is shedding that long standing tradition of including healthcare as a part of their benefit package just as they replaced pension obligations with the 401K. They no longer have to do that and will gradually divest themselves of that responsibility but ultimately, I believe, the worker will have more bargaining power. You are free to leave and corporate America will be free to up your compensation to get you to stay. It won't happen over night but businesses have to have employees. This is what terrifies Republicans. If I were a Republican and truly believed the Affordable Care Act is such an abomination, step back and let it happen. Then you can say I told you so and win back the hearts of the nation. But they know as well as I know, affordable health care available to everyone is a win. I say we just sit back and watch the temper tantrums, let them turn blue in the face from holding their breath but the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and at the present time there is nothing they can do but blow up the whole country. Let's see how that works out for them.


Centerville 7 months ago

Praeger has announced that they won't be ready anyway. And that her 'exchange' only sells policies from two companies.
Anyone say FAIL?


arch007bak 7 months ago

If only we had representatives (and voters for that matter) that understood the difference between mandatory spending and discretionary spending. Most, if not all, of the spending for the ACA is mandatory and cannot be defunded without a full repeal of the entire law, which is not what this vote, their 42nd, accomplished. Even the more level-headed conservatives in the Senate have been explaining that point. I'm not surprised at all that our representatives either don't get that or that they do and they've voted this way simply for political theater, which is probably more likely the case.


Catalano 7 months ago

Ms. Jenkins:

Please provide info re: how not having health insurance will make life easier for me.

Please provide info re: what you would replace the ACA with that would benefit me. That I could afford.


One of your constituents


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