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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Reader: Health care compact not in Kansans’ best interest

  • Les Mason says it’s an honor to represent the people of the 73rd District, but he must think we’re rather dim.
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  • Les Mason says it’s an honor to represent the people of the 73rd District, but he must think we’re rather dim. In a claim out of Orwell’s “1984,” he tells us that the health care compact passed by the Kansas House is in our interest.
    This bill is yet another attack on the Affordable Care Act, driven by politics, not the people’s interest. The ACA already  has done great things: provided insurance for young people younger than 26; removed barriers to care because of pre-existing conditions; eliminated the lifetime cap on benefits; and provided insurance for millions of people previously uncovered. Like any new program, there are problems with the ACA.
    But if Mr. Mason and his party want to actually serve the people, they would help make the system work, instead of spending their time trying to destroy the best change in our health care system since Medicare itself. Our health care system is crushing our economy and depriving people of the basic right to health care. The ACA is only a start, not an end. Mr. Mason’s party has done nothing but say nay; they have no plan to address the health care crisis.
    This health care compact is a grave danger to Medicare coverage for 450,000 Kansans. It gives all the federal money to the state to do as it wishes. Right now the compact bill may say the money is only for Medicare. But laws are easily changed. Do you really want to risk Medicare funds in the hands of this Legislature/Governor, which refuses to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor (at no cost to the state), which has grabbed highway funds to cover up for reckless tax cuts, which refuses to fully fund our schools, which wants to cut renewable energy sources for the benefit of the fossil fuel industry at our expense, etc.?
    — Sandy Nathan, McPherson County

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