Daily Archives: June 2, 2014

Kansas losing out on millions in Medicaid funding

medicaidRep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, was one of the speakers at a Friday rally at the Statehouse in Topeka supporting a federal expansion of Medicaid in Kansas. Not only have Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature refused to allow an expansion, but GOP legislative leaders wouldn’t even allow Ward to have a hearing on the issue this past session. “That is wrong,” Ward said. “This is the place where we have those discussions.” The federal government would pay the entire cost of expansion for the first three years and nearly all the cost after that. By not expanding, Kansas has lost out on about $164 million in federal funding since Jan. 1, according to the Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition.

Open thread (June 2)

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Data favors a second Brownback term

bbackoathGov. Sam Brownback has a strong 78 percent chance of winning re-election in November, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of early polling in all 36 gubernatorial elections and the accuracy of such polling data since 2006. Republicans currently hold 29 governorships, and the site’s Harry Enten concluded that “Republicans are favorites to hold most Republican seats, and Democrats are likely to hold most Democratic seats.”

Dubious, bogus and utterly phony headlines

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

VA to Improve Veterans’ Health Care With New $500 Million Waiting Room

Obama Defends Controversial Policy of Not Invading Countries for No Reason

Congress Splits Into Male and Female Senators to Discuss Newest Reproductive Bill

New STEM Education Initiative Inspires Girls to Earn Less Than Men in Scientific Career

Local Woman a Leading Authority on What Shouldn’t Be in Poor People’s Grocery Carts

High School Student, Teacher Applying for Same Summer Waitressing Job