Daily Archives: Aug. 5, 2013

Which Kansans don’t have health insurance?

Nearly 327,000 Kansans, or about 14 percent of the population, are uninsured and will be eligible for coverage through the insurance marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Of this total, about 253,000 have a full-time worker in the family. About 140,000 are between 18 and 35 years old, and 180,000 are male. Nearly 217,000 of the uninsured are white (66 percent), while 28,000 are African-American (9 percent) and 52,000 (16 percent) are Latino/Hispanic. Because Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature have yet to allow a federal expansion of Medicaid, many of these uninsured Kansans will fall into a coverage gap in which they won’t qualify for Medicaid or for tax credits to help them purchase private insurance.

Public concerned but not ready to repeal Obamacare

Though most Americans are concerned about how the Affordable Care Act will work and are skeptical about its implementation, they don’t want it repealed – at least not yet. “Given the choice to either repeal the law, wait and see how it takes effect, or add money to aid its implementation, only 36 percent of adults picked outright repeal,” reported the National Journal, which commissioned the poll. “More than half chose to either wait and see (30 percent) or provide more money (27 percent).” Meanwhile, the U.S. House held its 40th vote last week to repeal Obamacare.

ABA sets Brownback straight on picking judges

As we said last month, the American Bar Association favors the very judicial selection system (with a nonpartisan nominating commission) that the Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback just junked for the Kansas Court of Appeals. Now, not surprisingly, the ABA has taken issue with Brownback’s confusing recent claim that the ABA “recommends” the state’s new method of selection and, specifically, his decision not to release the names of Court of Appeals applicants. In a recent statement, ABA president Laurel Bellows said the association “emphatically does not recommend Kansas’ new method of judicial selection” because it “invites partisan politics instead of merit-based review of a potential judge’s qualifications.” As for whether the ABA endorses keeping names secret, which Brownback’s spokeswoman said was the intent of the governor’s disputed statement, Bellows said, “The ABA takes no position on the governor’s decision regarding disclosure of potential appointees.”