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Who would do a better job of operating a health insurance exchange for Kansas residents, the state or federal government?

Response Percent Votes
The state
50% 242
The federal government
36% 174
Not sure
12% 61
Total 477


KS 6 years, 8 months ago

The Federal Government can't even run a war, the post office, social security, etc. Needl I say more?. What makes anyone think they know how to run an insurance program? Good grief. My, how some folks have been brainwashed.

Blessed4x 6 years, 8 months ago

I don't believe that KS mentioned anything about the quality of soldiers fighting in our military. He was talking about how the federal government directs those troops. As for his mention of the post-office (soon to be bankrupt), social security (soon to be bankrupt), etc... I think he was dead on. But by all means, please continue to jump to conclusions and try to paint your opponent as an unpatriotic cry baby. Good show.

Wadde 6 years, 8 months ago

The State of Kansas is ignorant and mostly focus on the cost of (waterpiping) to protect our watersource of bacteria,but okays legislatures who okays diapers which cost the State of Kansas and our landfills $200.000 a year.

This is why some taxpayers withhold our taxes justly for this such cause...I will make sure who I vote in this year as our legislature for 2012.

bearded_gnome 6 years, 8 months ago

get guvment outa it altogether!

ditch Obamacare.

oldvet 6 years, 8 months ago

Why, the federal government, of course. You know that they can run anything better than any other person or organization. If you don't believe it, just go ask obama/pelosi/reid.

Adrienne Sanders 6 years, 8 months ago

Normally I would say the state but with Brownback in charge the thought fills me with horror.

jafs 6 years, 8 months ago

You know, it's interesting that people scoff at the DMV as an example of poor government service.

I've generally had good experiences there - they seem pleasant and efficient, and I haven't had any problems.

Of course, I come prepared, and I try to go at times that will be less busy.

jafs 6 years, 8 months ago

What a strange idea!

I'm comfortable getting my driver's license there, which is what it's intended for.

If a government health office exhibited the same level of competence and pleasantness, I'd be glad to go there for medical treatment.

Colonoscopies are something that nobody is ever really comfortable with, of course, regardless of where they occur :-)

George_Braziller 6 years, 8 months ago

Uhhhh, when was the last time you went to a gastroenterologist to renew your driver's license? I think you need to do some work on your compare and contrast writing. That one doesn't make any sense at all.

Cogito_Ergo_Es 6 years, 8 months ago

Absolutely. Can 'depends who's in office' be an option?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 8 months ago

Well, the Republicans flaunch and flame about getting government out of our hair and off our backs. Then Governer Glory-Hal-Lay-Lu-Ya goes and rejects federal funding (OUR TAX MONEY!) to have the state do this, an open invitation to the federal government to do it for us.

This of course is in the standard Republican Terrorist Party's crusade to destroy the curent administration and make damned sure that the current president fails in his plans to try to improve the economy and health care issues and assure that the Republican Terrorist candidate will have a shot at further screwing it up in the hallowed Bush tradition.

And the beat goes on.

kernal 6 years, 8 months ago

Four years ago I would have said the State of Kansas. Fifteen years ago I would have said the Feds. Now?

Lee Iacocca.

kernal 6 years, 8 months ago

CWGOKU, Feds didn't bail out Iacocca. Chrysler was already on the edge of bankruptcy when they asked Iacocca to take over operations in 1978 after he was ousted from Ford; he got the bailout in 1979 which he managed to payoff in 1983, seven years earlier than scheduled. Not too shabby.

billbodiggens 6 years, 8 months ago

The Feds. . . Kansas lately can't seem to even run the other way without falling on its face, let alone run some health care plan.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Kansas does not want Brownback RINO's doing anything. If left to Brownback he will find ways to deny coverage or deny the health exchange.

Brownback loves the private industry which is the most reliable source of fraud...

For example: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Health insurers have forced consumers to pay billions of dollars in medical bills that the insurers themselves should have paid, according to a report released yesterday by the staff of the Senate Commerce Committee.

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.

More on this story:

How many have received refunds from the industry?


All told, then, tax dollars already pay for at least $1.2 trillion in annual U.S. health care expenses. Since federal, state, and local governments collected approximately $3.5 trillion in taxes of all kinds—income, sales, property, corporate—in 2006, that means that more than one third of the aggregate tax revenues collected in the United States that year went to pay for health care.

Recognizing these hidden costs that U.S. households pay for health care today makes it far easier to see how a universal single-payer system—with all of its obvious advantages—can cost most Americans less than the one we have today.

Medicare must exist in the fragmented world that is American health care—but no matter how creative the opponents of single-payer get, there is no way they can show convincingly how the administrative costs of a single-payer system could come close to the current level.

More on this matter:

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

The most fiscal responsible approach:

Hands Off Medicare Medicare is the Solution...Not the Problem We need Medicare for All!

On August 2nd, 2011, Congress passed a plan to reduce the federal deficit despite grassroots demands across the country to look at improved Medicare-for-all (.pdf) as a solution to the health and fiscal crisis.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Medicare Insurance like Social Security Insurance are quite successful programs. That is why special interest political campaign donors want those trillions of tax dollars going into their bank accounts then to:

CEO Salaries Shareholders Golden Parachutes Campaign Contributions Big Time Bonus Programs such as the $73 million retirement bonus that the CIGNA CEO received not long ago. Corp Jets *Lifetime health coverage for the executive level while the majority of the nation barely affords to be under insured.

Does anyone honestly believe corp america would want a program that would lose money?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

How does that hunk of copy/paste address the question at the top of this thread, merrill?

ivalueamerica 6 years, 8 months ago

I might normally select the state, but in this case, Brownbackenstein will simply make it a religious program.

pace 6 years, 8 months ago

kansas is destroying infrastructure built up over generations. They are actually trying to convert pension money to tax breaks for oil companies. The governor is a puppet for mean billionairs and you think I want their hands on my health insurance. I prefer fed medicare over Brownback care (closing services to the most vulnerable. converting highway funds to employ "deregulation specialists".

Centerville 6 years, 8 months ago

Let's try to imagine a health care system designed by someone who built her political career on the proceeds from late term abortions. That pretty much settles it.

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