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Letter: Scare tactics

February 3, 2014

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To the editor;

I am writing about the Jan. 30 article announcing Sandy Praeger joining the bipartisan group named “Reroute the Roadmap.” In the article, Praeger said, “We looked at the roadmap that the governor outlined when he took office, and when you look at where we’re going today, we’re going in the wrong direction.”

Of equal interest to me was the attempt to minimalize this group by the director of the Kansas Republican Party, Clayton Barker. He was quoted as saying, “Commissioner Praeger and the other five are big fans of Obamacare, and advocates of Obamacare know Paul Davis is their candidate. We’re confident a strong majority of Kansans believe differently.” Barker tried to deflect the facts and place fear into prospective voters’ minds by playing the Obamacare card. The roadmap of Gov. Brownback that has many of us concerned includes the reduction of revenues and regressive taxes during his first term. Also of concern is the rejection of Medicaid expansion and its privatization, the state’s sluggish economy, the lack of job growth, the deficits projected by non-partisan groups; and cuts to K-12 as well as higher education funding. 

Nowhere in the Governor’s roadmap is there any mention of the Affordable Care Act, which is presently the law of the land, not a state law. If Barker or anyone else is simple-minded enough to think that Obamacare is what is driving this bipartisan group, they are part of the problem. For many of us, this is a problem of a governor who is heading the state and its resident toward a financial and educational disaster.

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Gerald Kerr 2 months, 1 week ago

You're right Richard we need the Progressives to keep the gates of all political and cultural affairs. Then that nasty Alec would be thwarted and all will be well in the land. I've an idea. Lets let Kathleen Sebelius run our nations health care system.

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Richard Heckler 2 months, 2 weeks ago

BTW there is a new ALEC/Koch-Linked Political Firm Which Aims to Handpick "Electable" Candidates.

Meet Aegis Strategic. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

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Richard Heckler 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Sam Brownback answers to ALEC …. his bottom line. The United States of ALEC. http://www.democracynow.org/2012/9/27/the_united_states_of_alec_bill

ALEC Right Wing Party is posing as the republican party which is fraudulent representation of the GOP.

Rather than serve the public interest, ALEC champions the agenda of corporations which are willing to pay for access to legislators and the opportunity to write their very own legislation. It helps surrogates and lobbyists for corporations to draft and promote bills which do the following.

• gut environmental laws

• create a regressive tax system

• eliminate workers’ rights = lower wages

• undermine universal and affordable health care

• privatize public education

• chip away at voting rights.

http://www.pfaw.org/rww-in-focus/alec-the-voice-of-corporate-special-interests-state-legislatures#Voter

John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group. http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2011/06/10/242334/john-birch-society-celebrates-koch/

What is the GOP? John Birch Society - ALEC - Anti American - The Tea Party = it's all four. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/SourceWatch

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Les Blevins 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Of course there are Kansans who don't believe in the Affordable Care Act. They are the ones who don't care that some hospitals are forced to charge those who are insured up to $800 for certain items that cost less than $10 to manufacture such as an IV bag of saline with additives such as antibiotics or certain other medications added.The reason is that the cost has to cover not just the bag, but the pay of the physician that ordered the treatment, the pharmacist that mixed in the drug, the pharm tech who delivered it to the patient, the nurse who administered it, the tubing it was administered through, etc. This is how hospitals make up the shortfall from mandatory care of indigent and other non-paying patients. The current medical care payment system in this country is backward and stupid. We really need to work towards a single payer system and the Affordable Care Act is the right way to set the proper course in place before us.

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