Letters to the Editor

Letter: Medicaid rejection

April 4, 2014


To the editor:

Nothing better illustrates the cruel calculus of hunger economics than the remarks of State Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook in explaining (Journal-World, April 2) why Kansas Republicans continue to reject Medicaid expansion. The federal Affordable Care Act, she said, “creates dependencies” and a “permanent underclass.”

So much for the 182,000 Kansans who fall into the gap that will leave them without expanded Medicaid protection. Too bad if they are needy and disabled. Sen. Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee, no doubt wants them to go out and get a job. No matter that those at the bottom of the economic ladder lead desperate lives a step removed from homelessness.   

Yes, the poorest of our state’s poor will probably find ways to muddle through. But our mean-spirited right-wing zealots should not be surprised if the means involve prostitution, burglary and anti-social acts that, in the end, will cost our society dearly. This is no longer the sensible Kansas of our ancestors.


Richard Heckler 4 years, 2 months ago

Undercutting Health Care Reform

After the passage of health care reform, ALEC’s top priority has been to challenge the law by encouraging members to introduce bills that would prohibit the law’s insurance mandate.

ALEC’s Health and Human Services task force is led by representatives of PhRMA and Johnson & Johnson, and representatives of Bayer and GlaxoSmithKlein sit on ALEC’s board.

The group’s model bill, the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act,” has been introduced in forty-four states, and ALEC even released a “State Legislators Guide to Repealing ObamaCare” discussing a variety of model legislation including bills to partially privatize Medicaid and SCHIP.

The legislative guide utilizes ideas and information from pro-corporate groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Goldwater Institute, the James Madison Institute, the Cato Institute, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the National Federation of Independent Business.22


Chris Scafe 4 years, 2 months ago

Yep, the ACA will create a permanent underclass just all those poor suffering fools in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and all the other highly industrialized nations.

James Howlette 4 years, 2 months ago

Know what creates a permanent underclass? Institutionalizing the advantages and perks of the wealthy by doing things like no longer charging the state's biggest billionaires any state income tax.

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