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Letter: Consequences

"And to correct the letter write, the bill didn't actually pass both the Senate and the House."

Do people really believe this? This is absolutely, completely, utterly, 100% untrue. For crying out loud, if a bill doesn't pass both the Senate and the House, it would never be sent to the President for signature. We would have an epic constitutional crisis if ever a President did try to proclaim that he was signing something into law even if it didn't pass through both houses of Congress.

Rest assured, a majority of members in both houses of Congress voted yes on this legislation before it was sent to the President to be signed into law. What you are probably thinking of is that the Senate avoided subjecting this bill to a cloture vote, which would have required 60 votes. But the Constitution calls for a majority vote in the Senate for a bill to pass. This bill did, in fact, pass the Senate with a majority vote.

October 9, 2013 at 3:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Not Kobach’s fault

Of course it is. At least 4 Constitutional Amendments specifically reference the right to vote.

October 8, 2013 at 9:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare

The delusion coming from this small segment of the House is staggering. Last night, I saw one of them say, "We knew we couldn't repeal Obamacare, so we offered a very reasonable compromise. We offered defunding it, no repealing it." The man's tone of voice conveyed that he was utterly astonished that the President and Senate did not accept this incredibly reasonable offer.

It's mind-boggling.

October 2, 2013 at 6:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas delegation holds position of making government funding contingent on delaying Obamacare

I think all pressure needs to be focused on Boehner at this point. Why he is refusing to bring the CR to the floor for a vote is the big mystery here. Everyone knows it would pass. So let it be voted on already!

October 2, 2013 at 5:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

First, anyone who has a mortgage almost undoubtedly has insurance.

But the deal with homeowner's insurance is that, sure, if you don't have insurance, if you don't pay into that pool, you're on your own. No one will bring you that big check when your house burns down.

Here's where it's different from health care, though. If you're the person not paying into the health care pool and you have a heart attack requiring open heart surgery, you're still going to get treated. An ambulance will pick you up, transport you to the hospital, where you'll be seen in the ER before being taken to an operating room, filled with two surgeons (at least), an anaesthesiologist, nurses, etc, before being taken to an ICU room to recover. Then when you're all better, you'll get a bill for $200,000 that you can't begin to pay. You'll declare bankruptcy. And all the rest of us poor schmucks who have been paying into the pool will ultimately offset the costs you couldn't cover because you didn't want to pony up to join the pool in the first place.

Your house: your taxes will pay to put out the fire, but you'll be on your own, so it doesn't hurt the rest of us that you haven't paid into the pool.

October 1, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

I think the rest of us will be there to catch you and keep you from drowning. As opposed to the situation where you decline to participate so we go about our business with no idea of when you might fall in. We won't be prepared to help you and you just might take a few of us out with you.

October 1, 2013 at 9:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

Yes, the intention was to maintain the benefits federal employees have had for decades. I fail to see how this is unscrupulous. Seems to me like being decent employers.

I didn't say Congress intended to be an example to the nation; I said let them be, as in that's how all employers who have long provided health insurance as an employment benefit should behave.

You are wrong to assume all those who speak out in any small way against those who are opposed to the ACA must "blindly or ideologically support Obama." Again, that is part of the poisonous attitude that has taken over Capitol Hill.

October 1, 2013 at 7:51 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

First, by taking potshot at "Liberals," you indicate you might not be interested in having a civil discussion, which is unfortunate. That kind of attitude, that all Liberals are of one mind, that they all want to take your money, that none of them will give you a straight answer, is part of the poisonous politics that are at the center of the shutdown.

As for paying into the pool, the more people who pay in, the better it is for everyone, of course. Yes, even the person who wasn't participating before. Why? Because those people were still participating in health care. Everyone does. The risk that those nonparticipants, as you would call them, carry for the rest of us is huge. One nonparticipant gets hit by a bus and the rest of us are out the hundreds of thousands in emergent, essential health care costs. That's hardly fair to the rest of us. Sort of sounds like the nonparticipants are ok taking my money for their own use, to make themselves happy...

October 1, 2013 at 7:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

Yeah. That's pretty much exactly how insurance works. We all pay into a pool. In our lifetimes, some of us will pull more money out of that pool than others. Like homeowners insurance. Say there are 20 of us on a block who all have insurance through the same insurer. We'll all pay premiums, maybe $1,000 a year. Most of us will never make a claim on that insurance. But maybe one of us will suffer a catastrophic house fire. What makes it possible for that one homeowner to receive a payout of $150,000 to rebuild her home is that we've all paid into the pool. So you and I and other neighbors have paid for that one homeowner's new home. Same with health care. That's the whole idea of insurance. Pool the resources so everyone gets covered.

September 30, 2013 at 10:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

Actually, yes, I do. The idea of the exchanges wasn't that people who are already covered through work would lose that coverage and move to the exchanges. It was to make it possible for uninsured people to finally have a market they could afford to participate in. I don't want to encourage any business making the cynical, mean-spirited choice to cancel health care coverage leading to functional pay cuts for their employees. Let Congress set the example that such behavior shouldn't be seen as acceptable.

We the taxpayers have always paid this employment benefit for Congressional staffers. I see no reason why that should change.

September 30, 2013 at 9:53 p.m. ( | suggest removal )