The Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee and Americans for Prosperity spent tens of thousands of dollars on campaign mailers last year claiming that moderate GOP state lawmakers supported the Affordable Care Act. But since most of those moderates were defeated, has the new Legislature worked to “stop Obamacare”? No. “I’m not surprised,” former Senate President Steve Morris of Hugoton told the Topeka Capital-Journal. “The whole thing was bogus to start with.” So why did groups treat the federal law like a major state legislative issue? “Candidates polled voters, and if Obamacare elicited the greatest emotional response from the voters, then that was the issue the candidate ran with,” said Clayton Barker, executive director of the Kansas Republican Party. “Emotional voters turn out and vote – and in an election, votes are what matters.” How do those voters feel now?
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