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Medicaid expansion clears Kansas House on final vote

BRING MEDIC AID HOME TO WE KANSAS TAXPAYERS STOP DENYING WE TAXPAYERS ACCESS TO A FEDERAL PROGRAM BACKED WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS.

​The radical right wing ALEC FUNDAMENTALISTS plan for medical coverage will take the USA back to the days of double digit increases annually for less coverage. It is easy to document.

The only people concerned about ObamaCare are profiteers who want to make more money,the Anti American Legislative Exchange Council which is reckless libertarian throughout and their puppets on capitol hill receiving kickbacks commonly described as special interest campaign money.

This comes down to a radical minority that spends tons of money on misinformation in fact the ALEC people have a budget in the millions of dollars for misinformation.

Will getting rid of ObamaCare make insurance affordable? Hell no.

If premiums drop in price after this fiasco less coverage will be the order of the day and maybe higher deductibles and co-pays to a group of people who are underinsured as we speak = larger profits for the insurance industry and larger kick backs to elected officials.

February 24, 2017 at 9:23 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Go, Kobach

It's been documented many times over that the frauds Kobach babbles about are non existent.

Instead what Koabach is doing is voter suppression by way of Voter ID nonsense which is driven behind the closed doors of the American Legislative Exchange Council.

"ALEC is directly tied to the emerging trend among state legislatures to consider voter ID laws. Using false allegations of “voter fraud,” right-wing politicians are pursuing policies that disenfranchise students and other at-risk voters — including the elderly and the poor — who are unlikely to have drivers’ licenses or other forms of photo ID.

By suppressing the vote of such groups, ALEC’s model “Voter ID Act” grants an electoral advantage to Republicans while undermining the right to vote. In addition, ALEC wants to make it easier for corporations to participate in the political process.

Their Public Safety and Elections taskforce is co-chaired by Sean Parnell of the Center for Competitive Politics, one of the most vociferous pro-corporate election groups, and promotes model legislation that would devastate campaign finance reform and allow for greater corporate influence in elections."

Kobach is another case of misrepresenting republicans because he is a libertarian NOT a republican. I might also suggest that the fraud is on our tax dollar payroll.

February 24, 2017 at 9:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter to the editor: Don't do it here

The letter is exactly right.

No tax dollar give aways for this reckless endeavor. Clinton is just fine the way it is which allows for lots of fun hiking the trails. Done it many times with our children.

This reckless project will bring lots of polluting traffic to the area and no tax generating traffic only tax increasing traffic.

Hey developer go home leave us alone. You are a tax dollar moocher wandering about the country in search of easy prey which is NOT Lawrence,Kansas.

February 24, 2017 at 9 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Lawmakers miss big opportunity

Letter to Sen Susan Wagle:

Sen Wagle .... Gov Brownback is ignoring you, the party and Kansas voters yet you continue to stand by Gov Brownback. Why?

The state tax revenue levels,public education,medicaid expansion,voters rights etc etc etc are far more important than your allegiance to Gov Brownback.

Sen Wagle you do know that Gov Brownback is a libertarian ..... not a republican?

Thank you,

Mr Heckler

February 23, 2017 at 4:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawmakers not giving up on reversing Brownback tax policies

Sen Wagle .... Gov Brownback is ignoring you, the party and Kansas voters yet you continue to stand by Gov Brownback. Why?

The state tax revenue levels,public education,medicaid expansion,voters rights etc etc etc are far more important than your allegiance to Gov Brownback.

Sen Wagle you do know that Gov Brownback is a libertarian ..... not a republican?

Thank you,

Mr Heckler

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

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 )