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Letter to the editor: Truly pro-life

Repealing OBAMCARE is the same as throwing republican and democratic voters under the bus!

Here are 10 great reasons to support Medicare Single Payer Insurance and Reduce Government Spending BIG TIME. The amount of tax dollars spent on health care as we speak will cover the cost of Medicare Single Payer Insurance for ALL.

Here are 10 great reasons to support the U.S. National Health Insurance Act and Reduce
Government Spending BIG TIME.

1. Everybody In, Nobody Out. Universal means access to health care for everyone, period. Plus it is estimated to create 2.6 million new jobs!

2. Portability. If you are unemployed, or lose or change jobs, your health coverage stays with you.

3. Uniform Benefits. No Cadillac plans for the wealthy and Pinto plans for everyone else, with high deductibles, limited services, caps on payments for care, and no protection in the event of a catastrophe. One level of comprehensive care for everyone, regardless of the size of your wallet.

4. Prevention. By removing financial roadblocks, a universal health system encourages preventive care that lowers an individual's ultimate cost and pain and suffering when problems are neglected and societal cost in the over-utilization of emergency rooms or the spread of communicable diseases.

5. Choice. Most private insurance restricts your choice of providers and hospitals. Under the U.S. National Health Insurance Act, patients have a choice, and the provider is assured a fair payment.

6. No Interference with Care. Caregivers and patients regain their autonomy to decide what's best for a patient's health, not what's dictated by the billing department. No denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions or cancellation of policies for "unreported" minor health problems.

7. Reducing Waste. One third of every private health insurance dollar goes for paperwork and profits, compared to about 3% under Medicare, the federal government’s universal system for senior citizen healthcare.

8. Cost Savings. A guaranteed health care system can produce the cost savings needed to cover everyone, largely by using existing resources without the waste. Taiwan, shifting from a U.S. private health care model, adopted a similar system in 1995, boosting health coverage from 57% to 97% with little increase in overall health care spending.

9. Common Sense Budgeting. The public system sets fair reimbursements applied equally to all providers, private and public, while assuring that appropriate health care is delivered, and uses its clout to negotiate volume discounts for prescription drugs and medical equipment.

10. Public Oversight. The public sets the policies and administers the system, not high priced CEOs meeting in private and making decisions based on their company’s stock performance needs.

February 23, 2017 at 4:08 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Truly pro-life

Good letter ....

The republican party is more concerned with campaign donations from the insurance industry
than they are in practical and affordable health care.

What types of activities do some in this maze of right to lifers engage themselves against those who disagree? They kill doctors and blow up buildings which is nothing short of terrorism.

Some engage in verbal terrorism as they attack women for getting pregnant.

Do members of this movement actually believe God condones violent terrorism in any form?

With all of the choices that Planned Parenthood offers in abortion prevention I'm willing to wager that this approach prevents wayyyyyyyyyyy more abortions than all of the violent right to life groups combined.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

The right wing politicians promote abortions by standing in the way of sex education, birth control and affordable health care. Raising children is one demanding endeavor with expensive medical care always knocking at the door.

Planned Parenthood has likely prevented millions of abortions over time.

Where's this conversation?

Birth Control is abortion prevention absolutely.

Sex Education is abortion prevention.

Supporting No Birth Control and No Sex Education = more abortions.

How many know that Planned Parenthood is wayyyyy more pro-active about abortion prevention?

Planned Parenthood locations are more like medical clinics which offer a variety of services for both male and female. A great source for low income human beings.

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/heal...

Planned Parenthood has likely prevented millions of abortions over the years.

February 23, 2017 at 4:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attempt to override tax veto falls 3 votes short in Senate; little consensus on what comes next

End Special Interest Financing

STOP Citizens United

http://act.endcitizensunited.org/page...

End Corporate Rule

http://www.endcorporaterule.us

Time and again, whether we are seeking sensible healthcare, environmental, economic, or foreign policy—supported by a majority of Americans—we hit a barrier, because corporate lobbyists and donors have managed to get between our legislators and us.

http://www.pdamerica.org/issues/end-c...

9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-s...

February 23, 2017 at 4 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Attempt to override tax veto falls 3 votes short in Senate; little consensus on what comes next

"During a news conference earlier in the day, Brownback asserted that his brand of tax cuts and business exemptions were becoming the trend nationwide, especially in traditionally Republican states like Kansas."

Supply Side Economics is being laughed off the economic stage ...... that's what I'm reading.

Paul Ryan interned with Sam Brownback = Ryan did not learn good management skills. Trump is an ALEC puppet like Ryan.

February 23, 2017 at 3:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House votes to restore guaranteed teacher tenure

It's the conservative back door trick to hopefully derail ......

February 22, 2017 at 6:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House votes to restore guaranteed teacher tenure

What Unions Have Done For Workers

Conservatives have sought to malign the union movement by claiming that it is simply defending the parochial interests of labor unions, who they claim are imposing huge costs on taxpayers with little benefit. Yet the truth is that America’s public and private unions have been one of the major forces in building a robust and vibrant middle class and have fought over the past century to improve the lives of all Americans in a variety of ways. ThinkProgress has assembled just Five of the many things that American workers can thank the nation’s unions for.

1. Unions Gave Us The Weekend: Even the ultra-conservative Mises Institute notes that the relatively labor-free 1870, the average workweek for most Americans was 61 hours — almost double what most Americans work now. Yet in the late nineteenth century and the twentieth century, labor unions engaged in massive strikes in order to demand shorter workweeks so that Americans could be home with their loved ones instead of constantly toiling for their employers with no leisure time.

2. Unions Gave Us Fair Wages And Relative Income Equality: As ThinkProgress reported earlier in the week, the relative decline of unions over the past 35 years has mirrored a decline in the middle class’s share of national income. It is also true that at the time when most Americans belonged to a union — a period of time between the 1940′s and 1950′s — income inequality in the U.S. was at its lowest point in the history of the country.

3. Unions Helped End Child Labor: The very first American Federation of Labor (AFL) national convention passed “a resolution calling on states to ban children under 14 from all gainful employment” in 1881, and soon after states across the country adopted similar recommendations, leading up to the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act which regulated child labor the federal level for the first time.

4. Unions Won Widespread Employer-Based Health Coverage: “The rise of unions in the 1930′s and 1940′s led to the first great expansion of health care” for all Americans, as labor unions banded workers together to negotiate for health coverage plans from employers. In 1942, “the US set up a National War Labor Board. It had the power to set a cap on all wage increases. But it let employers circumvent the cap by offering “fringe benefits” – notably, health insurance

5. Unions Spearheaded The Fight For The Family And Medical Leave Act: Labor unions like the AFL-CIO federation led the fight for this 1993 law, which “requires state agencies and private employers with more than 50 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected unpaid leave annually for workers to care for a newborn, newly adopted child, seriously ill family member or for the worker’s own illness.”

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/201...

February 22, 2017 at 6:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

House advances Medicaid expansion bill

Another fiscally responsible vote from the house ......

February 22, 2017 at 6:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax veto override vote falls short in Senate

End Special Interest Financing

STOP Citizens United

http://act.endcitizensunited.org/page...

End Corporate Rule

http://www.endcorporaterule.us

Time and again, whether we are seeking sensible healthcare, environmental, economic, or foreign policy—supported by a majority of Americans—we hit a barrier, because corporate lobbyists and donors have managed to get between our legislators and us.

http://www.pdamerica.org/issues/end-c...

9 Strategies to End Corporate Rule

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-s...

February 22, 2017 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax veto override vote falls short in Senate

"The votes came the day before Brownback is scheduled to speak in Washington, D.C., at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. Brownback is listed as a speaker in a panel discussion titled "The States vs, The State: How Governors are Reclaiming America's Promise."

This man seems to be doing the same thing he did as a Senator. Wandering about the country
making speeches aka gathering special interest campaign kick backs.

GOP austerity is a disaster of Greek proportions: Sam Brownback, Bobby Jindal & the economic scam of the century. America isn't Greece, but we can see in Kansas and Louisiana the disastrous consequences of Greek-style austerity

http://www.salon.com/2015/07/02/gop_a...

February 22, 2017 at 5:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tax veto override vote falls short in Senate

This is a game Wagle has been playing for some time. Comes out initially supporting the smart thinking with a taste of populist then when the chips are down she votes like an ALEC puppet.....

Susan Wagle cannot be trusted. Kansas can live without Susan Wagle!

Myself like some others became immediately apprehensive when Wagle adopted the Brownback positions as to why Brownback's losing tax plan was not working.

February 22, 2017 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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