It was no surprise that Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, was among the minority of House lawmakers who voted today against expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, given that he has opposed it in the past. But it was disappointing that Kansas’ newest delegation member, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, also voted against helping insure more kids. In defending her vote, she repeated the bogus claim that expanding coverage would somehow hurt low-income children. To their credit, Kansas’ other delegation members, Reps. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, and Dennis Moore, D-Lenexa, put kids before ideology and were among the overwhelming majority that approved the needed measure.
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