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Letter: Ineffective Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives costs about 1 million per day. Maybe, we should put them on a budget. Every year, Congress is supposed to have the budget set before October 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. Their pay should be docked if hey don't complete their responsibilities.

Attaching Obamacare to the budget bill is cowardly. Why can't Obamacare be discussed separately instead of being used as a political tool?

September 27, 2013 at 9:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Ineffective Congress

Liberty, "The Affordable Care Act says that starting in 2014, members of Congress and their staffs can no longer get their health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, as they have in the past. Instead, these federal employees will have to get insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act. Other Americans with work-based insurance aren’t subject to such a requirement. They can continue to get health insurance through their employers. Other federal workers, too, can continue to select health insurance plans through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. But not Congress.
Why the unusual requirement for lawmakers and congressional staffers? This provision was added when health care bills were being debated, out of Republican concern that Congress get the same insurance that would be offered to some Americans through this legislation — insurance sold through state-based and federal exchanges. Those exchanges are for individuals who buy their own insurance, including the now uninsured, and small businesses." -factcheck.org

September 27, 2013 at 9:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

It's still "two entities". The exchange gives you a chance to compare coverage and costs. No one is telling you what to purchase. Just don't take our sniffles to the high cost ER.

September 26, 2013 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

The ACA has built in savings. If it were even possible to repeal ACA, the federal deficit would increase. Paul Ryan had targeted the same savings for something other than healthcare during the campaign last year.

September 26, 2013 at 3:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

The Insurance Exchange doesn't start until October. The coverage will probably kick in January one. Are your referring to a policy from your employer? If so, the employer's healthcare plan costs have been going up drastically for years, forcing tough choices. The rate of Healthcare premium increases have actually slowed since Obamacare passed, maybe in anticipation of the implementation next year.

September 26, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas premiums lower than expected under new health insurance marketplaces, report says

Congress is not exempt. Verify your facts before making such a statement.

When an uninsured person has a health problem or breaks an arm, they go to LMH emergency. Then, LMH sends them a bill that is almost always more than $2000. If the patient can't pay, we pay.

September 26, 2013 at 1:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Iwig Family Dairy seeking $650,000 in donations to stave off liquidation

I don't know anything about farming, but this statement caught my eye: "The federal government is making grain farmers wealthier than they ever have been, but there is no program for dairy," Iwig said. There has been a lot of debate over the farm bill, but I did not read that congress removed or reduced subsidies (welfare) for corporate farms. So, why would Iwig's request sound like charity rather than subsidy?

On another note, we buy milk from this dairy, because it's easier to digest. I thought I was lactose intolerant, but it must be something in mass produced milk products that is not digestible. If Iwig's folds, I will be out of a dairy source. There are probably others who are not aware of this option.

September 26, 2013 at 1:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

Small business coverage, tort reform, ... And, there was something not implemented because it wasn't affordable. The ACA is large and complicated. It's not perfect. We should not support the ACA blindly. It will take years to implement. Social
security has been modified several times since its inception. The GOP antiObama stuff certainly doesn't help.

September 23, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

Ohio rejected Medicaid expansion and defaulted to the federal insurance exchange, consequently their medical facilities will experience serious shortfalls just like Kansas. If you want to make a comparison, choose a state that has adopted Obamacare. Ohio, by the way, is still discussing medicaide expansion.

September 23, 2013 at 11:01 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas' U.S. House delegation supports bill providing government funding but defunding health law

Not all hospitals are facing shortfalls. Hospitals in the states that rejected Medicaid expansion are facing serious shortfalls. Kansas is one of those states that did not have an alternate plan when they rejected Medicaid expansion. States that are adopting Medicaid expansion will have cost savings in emergencies and unpaid bills.

September 21, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )