Daily Archives: Nov. 15, 2013

Open thread (Nov. 15)

Blind opposition to Obamacare hurts people, county

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan said it best: Even if you don’t like the Affordable Care Act, “that’s no reason to hurt people who are in need.” Yet county commissioners Karl Peterjohn (in photo) and Richard Ranzau want to reject a small grant to train county mental health employees to help clients sign up for insurance. “Our policy has been opposition to having anything to do with Obamacare,” Peterjohn said. Such blind opposition not only hurts people but also hurts the county government. Helping people get insurance could reduce unpaid bills at Comcare, the county mental health agency. It might also help reduce the Sedgwick County jail population – something Peterjohn champions.