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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Medicaid support

April 1, 2014

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To the editor:

The advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society recently released the results of a poll of 500 randomly selected registered Kansas voters, resulting in 72 percent favoring expanding Medicaid, including 59 percent of Republicans, 92 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents. Reagan Cussimanio, government relations director in Kansas for the society’s Cancer Action Network reports that “neither the governor’s office nor legislative leaders have an expressed interest in debating this issue during this year’s legislative session.”

Gov. Brownback and his supporters are not interested in having these results serve as a basis for an open discussion of the pros and cons of the Medicaid expansion. Why not? This is indicative of the Brownback & Co. strategy of cloaking issues in silence until they are suddenly voted on by the faithful and are promptly signed into law.

Unless Kansas residents get out and vote for different leadership in November — leadership that will bring us back to a state where people of differing opinions can coexist, we will have a state where only Gov. Brownback and his coterie are at home.

Comments

Fred Mertz 10 months ago

November will be very telling. If Davis wins then the message sent by the people will be we need to chart a different course for the state, but a Brownback 2nd term means a mandate to continue with his policies.

Lawrence Morgan 10 months ago

As far as I am concerned, not having health insurance because you are poor is criminal. The poorest people in Kansas don't have health insurance because they can't get it.

Why aren't ministers and preachers greatly concerned about this issue?

In addition to not being able to get health insurance, a sick person does not do well with family, or jobs. In addition, if people don't care about other people (which apparently many people don't, especially in Kansas), then disease can spread rapidly.

And how about caregivers, who are quickly becoming some of the most important persons in modern society. As people age they need care. If a caregiver gets sick, with the poor pay these people often get, what about your OWN mother and father, or do you not care about them either?

What has happened to American society, which seems to not care in the least for others just as long as many Americans can get more money themselves, with a larger and better TV set, and more toys. It makes me very sad to see this kind of thing happening.

The poorest people in Kansas - and they can't get medicare. Sickening!

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