Letters to the Editor

Letter: Health mistake

March 5, 2014

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To the editor:

Whenever a new and better idea surfaces, people who are committed to the old way try to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt. A great example of this was Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger’s comments about the Health Care Compact.

Praeger told this newspaper, “If state revenues fall short, then the funds for Medicare and other health programs could be used to support other state functions.” This is patently false. The Health Care Compact requires that federal health care dollars be spent on health care and only on health care. These dollars cannot be siphoned off to other, nonhealth care programs.

Praeger is a big fan of Obamacare. But seniors are turning against Obamacare as they learn that it cuts more than $700 billion dollars from Medicare to pay for Medicaid expansion and insurance subsidies. If Medicare beneficiaries want to protect public funding of their health care, they have a better chance with legislators in Topeka than federal officials in Washington, D.C.

Far from putting Medicare at risk, the Health Care Compact is likely the only path that can protect senior citizens from the unfolding disaster of Obamacare.

It is also not surprising that AARP would oppose the Health Care Compact since the AARP will make more than $2.8 billion from Obamacare. Far from being an advocate for Kansas seniors, AARP has sold out their members.

The Health Care Compact is the best way for our state-elected officials to protect our citizens from the slow-motion train wreck of Obamacare.

Comments

Abdu Omar 1 year, 5 months ago

So as you knock down Obamacare, what is your alternative? You, like your fellow republicans can criticize the ACA but never brought anything to the floor that was better or even competed with it. YOU are to blame for its problems. Instead of the constant barage of negative comments, why not propose a fix so every American can enjoy a healthy life? YOU don't like it because a black democratic president favors it. YOU wanted him to have only one term but the people didn't agree. It is YOU who are out of step with your constituents.

Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama being of mixed race has nothing to do with his unfavorable rating. If it were true, these same people you accuse of being racist would not support many other Black positions.

Obama is not a leader. Every president has faced partisan opposition, but they figure out now to lead or like Obama they fail.

If the ACA was so great then why did Obama have to lie to get it passed and why does he have to delay the employer mandate? The website launch is typical of Obama's presidency.

Scott Burkhart 1 year, 5 months ago

All of the bile that spewed forth in this comment is patently false. Other alternatives have been offered to replace the ACA, which is failing, but Senator Reid refuses to even allow them to see the light of day. I would admit there are those that disagree with President Obama because of race. To paint the entire group with race hating is unfair and intellectually dishonest. Case in point is international affairs. We needed someone to lead this nation who would look at the world realistically not as they wish it would be. Our foreign policy is now nonexistent. We elected a community organizer to be President. So now we have a community organizer trying to match wits with a KGB official. Obama's own words from the 2012 debate, where he chastised Mitt Romney for his cold war mentality, have now come back to haunt him and demonstrate how utterly unprepared and unqualified Obama was to be President. The ACA was never about providing healthcare to the uninsured. It was about putting the insurance companies out of business and moving the country to socialized, single payer, healthcare. Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of the architects of the ACA, admitted as much 5 years ago in an interview.

Dick Sengpiehl 1 year, 5 months ago

What alternatives, Scott, have been offered to replace the ACA. Yes, occasionally some solon has his own idea but I would be interested in knowing just what proposals the republicans have brought up that are serious and some action has been taken?

Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

So, if one of my favorite people Ben Carson actually was elected president would democrats that criticized him be racist?

There is a move to draft him to run. I'd love to see him run for president.

Sam Crow 1 year, 5 months ago

That is a well thought out comeback. Did you stick your tongue out at me at the same time? Why not try to focus and stay on topic?

Seth Peterson 1 year, 5 months ago

"Fools never think they are fools" - apparently staying on topic.

Abdu Omar 1 year, 5 months ago

You missed the point Brock. My post was about the republicans failure to provide an alternative to the ACA, the other idea is what you saw. From the very beginning didn't a southern republican senator exclaim in front of micrphones and cameras that the republican goal was to make Obama a one term president? Mitchell McConnell, if I am correct. Did you miss that tidbit? Being a southern gentleman, do you not think he was racially charged when saying that? I think he was and I think republicans can't get over the idea that the president beat two very "strong" contenders. Well he did, and we have the ACA whether or not it is good. So instead of starting all over again, let's fix what we have. Stop trying to repeal it and get it fixed!

Bart Johnson 1 year, 5 months ago

The only fix is to repeal it and to repeal all the other interventions and social programs. Your choice is this: support the repeal of all these government programs and plan a smooth transition to a free market health care system, or wait until the government goes bankrupt from all this spending and then watch as all those dependent on it are thrown out into the street.

And lest you think that this isn't the case, it is a mathematical certainty that these are the choices. The government will eventually be unable to pay its bills. There are over $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities. It's going to be Detroit on a nation-wide scale. This will happen, and the only question is whether we have a smooth transition or an abrupt one.

Brock Masters 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't know if it was racially charged or not. I can't look into his heart to see why he said and neither can you. You may be projecting your biases onto him. Not everyone from the south is a racist or do you think they are? Kind of bigoted if you do.

I don't support the republicans but the race card is old, worn out and is an act of desperation.

Bob Smith 1 year, 5 months ago

One never knows from day to day which parts of the ACA are going to get delayed by imperial decree.

Richard Payton 1 year, 5 months ago

Congresswomen Lynn Jenkins has a bill to be voted on next week to delay the individual mandate for a year. If it passes will President Obama sign it or veto it?

Steve King 1 year, 5 months ago

The GOP/TeaParty/Koch/Alex connection: The best government you can buy.

Cry babies.

Dick Sengpiehl 1 year, 5 months ago

The Representative's letter represents those who don't want the government in anything. Yet he wants the State of Kansas administrating Medicare and Medicaid. The Brownback administration has mishandled so many things its absurd. Like the mismanagement of KanCare and the shifting of highway funds to pet projects. The refusal of 31 million dollars to set up our own health exchange under the ACA. Those who have done so are mostly successful. Look at Kentucky. Kansas has refused money to finance the expanded eligibility also. And the voter ID program which has left thousands of eligible voters ballots in limbo. He also wants Army Corps of Engineer projects like the successful Clinton Lake project which includes a nice campground run by the State. Ridiculous! I see no proof also that the ACA diverted any money from Medicare . Tea Party types think that when statements are repeated enough times they will be believed. This representative needs to be defeated in November. Don't know what his polling numbers are but I do know the Governor's and they're not good. I will take a responsible person like Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's word over this Representative's anytime.

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