Daily Archives: Aug. 28, 2013

Huelskamp challenged at town hall meeting

Some citizens at a town hall meeting Tuesday at Garden City Community College challenged Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and comprehensive immigration reform, the Garden City Telegraph reported. Leonard Rodenbur recounted how Obamacare has enabled his son to stay on his parent’s insurance and his daughter to get insurance despite a pre-existing condition, helped his mother-in-law afford her prescriptions because the Medicare Part D “donut hole” closed, and caused his brother-in-law to receive a reimbursement check from his insurance company. “You guys take that away, it’s going to go right back to insurance companies,” Rodenbur said. Sister Janice Thome of the Dominican Sisterhood in Garden City told Huelskamp that many religious organizations favor improving the legal immigration process, uniting separated families, legalizing undocumented workers to some extent, and establishing opportunities for permanent residency. As is his pattern, Huelskamp turned both comments into criticisms of President Obama.

Roberts thinks NSA program is needed

Though he doesn’t like the press coverage of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program, or how President Obama has handled the leaks, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., thinks the program is needed. “The Constitution is not a suicide pact,” Roberts said at a Rotary Club meeting Monday in Salina. “The danger is still out there.” Roberts, who previously served as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he gives “the benefit of the doubt to the NSA,” but he acknowledged that “this has been a public-relations nightmare.”