Though he served as the lieutenant governor of the future architect of the Affordable Care Act (Kathleen Sebelius), former Gov. Mark Parkinson was frank in a National Journal interview about his doubts about the ability of the law to solve the cost problems and his disappointment that it ended up not addressing long-term health care. “The only long-term coverage people have is Medicaid when they become completely broke. It is a shame that when we were completely overhauling the health care system that we didn’t include a solution for long-term care,” said Parkinson, now president and CEO of the American Health Care Association. The Democrat who once led the Kansas Republican Party also confirmed he’s finished with politics, and suggested moderates are finished, too. “The part of the Republican Party that I was the leader of has lost. It doesn’t really exist any more. The center has disappeared,” Parkinson said, also saying that “partisan politics is very beneficial to the folks that fund our political system.” Parkinson did share a fond memory of running for the Legislature as a Wichita State University sophomore. “I ran against a 12-year incumbent, so I went door-to-door to every house twice. I wore a three-piece suit every single day. It was one of those summers where it was over 100 degrees 26 days in a row. Even though I was completely unqualified, I only lost by 18 votes.”
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