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Poor, disabled lack place at the table

disabled3The National Council on Disability got an earful when it held meetings last week in Topeka. Disabled individuals and their advocates complained about cuts in services and payment problems after the state privatized Medicaid this year. State officials responded that standards of care haven’t changed under KanCare; it’s just that the private insurance companies are doing a better job enforcing those standards. But Tom Laing, executive director of InterHab, an association for developmentally disabled individuals and their service providers, voiced the concern that many have felt: that the poor and the disabled are helping pay for Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts. “It’s a little bit of a game,” he said, “and the loser in the game tend to be the people who are not at the table.”

So they said

morannew“Washington will change the way you think. It will kind of mess you up. That’s why I travel back and forth from Kansas to D.C. every week.” – Sen. Jerry Moran (in photo), R-Kan., in Marion, at his 1,000th town hall meeting

“Does this midnight New Year’s Eve race include Breathalyzers at the start or the finish line?” – Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner, as the City Council passed an ordinance blessing GoRun Wichita’s special 5K

“So you’ll be able to go ahead and run then, vice mayor, with immunity.” – Council member Janet Miller, when the answer was “no”

“We’d like to get engaged before we announce we got married.” – Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, suggesting the Brownback administration was blindsided by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent speech advocating a truce in the economic development border war

“In my opinion, the worst family in the world is better for a child than the best foster home.” – Kansans for Liberty’s Craig Gabel, in the Topeka Capital-Journal, about the group’s 2014 goal of curbing the state’s capacity to remove kids from homes

“Did you realize you’ve been getting dumber?” – Rep. Annie Tietze, D-Topeka, joking to a crowd in fluoridated Topeka about proposed legislation to force cities to tell water users about the (scientifically disputed) dangers of fluoridation