Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

Brownback is off and running for re-election

Though there hasn’t been a formal announcement, an e-mail that Gov. Sam Brownback sent out last week made it clear he is running for re-election next year. The e-mail asked for campaign donations so that Brownback can share his “record of accomplishment with Kansans.” The e-mail selectively highlighted some of those accomplishments and said that “now is the time to protect and build on our achievements.” It also claimed that Brownback  is fighting off efforts by President Obama and others in Washington, D.C., “to make Kansas, our precious Kansas, look more like their vision for Washington.”

Huelskamp won’t help with Obamacare

Questions about Obamacare? Don’t expect answers from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who is among the Republicans indicating their unwillingness to be a resource for constituents as they navigate the new health care changes. “Given that we come from Kansas, it’s much easier to say, ‘Call your former governor,’” Huelskamp told the Hill newspaper, referring to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “You say, ‘She’s the one. She’s responsible. She was your governor, elected twice, and now you re-elected the president, but he picked her,’” said Huelskamp. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said: “We know how to forward a phone call.”

Kansas should be like Arizona on Medicaid expansion

Though the GOP-controlled Arizona Legislature resisted Gov. Jan Brewer’s push for Medicaid expansion, it finally agreed. As a result, more than 300,000 low-income Arizona citizens will be able to get health insurance starting in January. “It will extend cost-effective care to Arizona’s working poor using the very tax dollars our citizens already pay to the federal government,” said Brewer (in photo). Kansas has the same opportunity, but Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have yet to act. Expansion in Kansas would enable more than 150,000 Kansans to get insurance, inject more than $3 billion into the state’s economy over the next seven years, and save the state more money than it costs.