Daily Archives: April 2, 2014

Legislature doesn’t want ACA to work in Kansas

healthcarereformEven after its disastrous rollout, the Affordable Care Act exceeded projections and enrolled 7.1 million Americans in private insurance plans by Monday’s deadline. This is on top of the more than 3 million adults younger than 26 who were added to their parents’ insurance plans, and on top of the millions who gained coverage through Medicaid expansion. “It’s working. It’s helping people from coast to coast,” President Obama said. But state GOP legislators are still determined to keep the ACA from helping low-income Kansans. The Kansas Senate voted last week to prohibit the state from expanding Medicaid unless the Legislature approves. And the House approved a bill to remove Kansas from the ACA (and potentially Medicare) and join a multistate compact.

Open thread (April 2)


Ditch legislative pay raise but curb pension perk

money-bagA proposal by Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, to more than double the pay of state lawmakers hasn’t gotten far this session – and understandably so. Lawmakers haven’t exactly shown themselves to be deserving of a pay raise. But one part of his proposal does deserve legislative action: ending the sweetheart deal lawmakers get in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. Lawmakers’ pensions are calculated as if they were paid every day of the year, not the typical 90-day session. What’s more, they can include their daily expense allotment in the calculation and any out-of-session expense payments (also pretending that both were paid every day of the year). Thus, even though the real salary of an average state lawmaker is $7,979, the pretend pay for KPERS can be $86,528. And then they complain about KPERS being underfunded.

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

SPOOFSLOGOThe following satirical headlines come from borowitzreport.com and theonion.com:

Rep. Issa Subpoenas 7 Million Americans Who Signed Up for Obamacare

Putin Announces Historic G1 Summit

White House Sends Obama to 3-Day Management Seminar at Washington Marriott

Sheldon Adelson Says No Republican Candidate Worth Buying

College Senior Already Has Grueling 14-Month Employment Search Lined Up After Graduation

Single Mother Hogging 2 Jobs

Warren Buffett Offers $1 Billion for Dick Vitale to Shut Up