Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Is covering the uninsured ‘not the issue’?

Pressed repeatedly by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace about the GOP health care alternatives, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (in photo), R-Ky., finally responded that reducing the number of people who are uninsured is “not the issue” for the GOP. Neither apparently is prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions (which was a main reason for the individual mandate). “As the conversation turns to the specifics in the law, and to the fact that Republicans wouldn’t replace them with anything,” wrote Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, “Republicans’ best hope will be that the law’s generalized unpopularity will enable them to persuade the American people that the question of whose policies would actually cover the uninsured is ‘not the issue.’”

Should have listened to ABA on anti-Shariah bill

It probably wouldn’t have mattered. Still, Kansas legislators at least should have reviewed a study by the American Bar Association before approving a bill this past session aimed at keeping “foreign laws” out of state courts. Months before the Legislature approved the bill, an ABA task force issued a report condemning such legislation, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. It noted that such laws are unnecessary, as protections already exist in the U.S. Constitution. Also, the laws can harm trade and violate religious rights. Though lawmakers apparently weren’t aware of the ABA report, others made similar arguments. Yet the Legislature approved the bill anyway, and Gov. Sam Brownback signed it into law.

Dock should be good for quality of life

The agenda for today’s Wichita City Council meeting includes the donation of a floating boat dock to be installed on the Arkansas River behind the Gander Mountain store. The improvements, in the works since late 2010 in consultation with Wichita State University’s rowing staff, will be funded by Gander Mountain, WaterWalk and the GreenWay Alliance; the Arkansas River Coalition will install the dock, which will have four stalls for kayaks. The dock, which the proposed agreement with the city calls a “valuable recreational amenity for the community,” stands to help citizens better access, use and appreciate the river. May this welcome partnership lead to others that will similarly benefit Wichita’s quality of life.