Health care

WichitaLiberty.TV December 22, 2013

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV: United States Representative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas appears to explain the recent budget bill, Obamacare, the government shutdown, the debt ceiling, government spending, and whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the country's future. Episode 25, broadcast December 22, 2013. View below, or click here to view at YouTube. Rep. Huelskamp's Congressional website is huelskamp.house.gov.
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Study: Kansas premiums to spike following Obamacare rollout

From Kansas Watchdog. Study: Kansas premiums to spike following Obamacare rollout By Travis Perry ON THE RISE: A new report from the Heritage Foundation says Obamacare premiums are significantly higher in Kansas compared to average rates before the rollout of the new health care law. By Travis Perry, Kansas Watchdog OSAWATOMIE — Good news: Kansas landed in the top 10 in a recent study conducted by the conservative Heritage Foundation! Bad news: It’s for massive insurance premium hikes because ofObamacare. Kinda puts a damper on things, huh? As I said, before dashing your optimism with harsh reality, Kansas is among the top 10 states to…
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Pompeo votes to delay Obamacare, keep government open

From the office of U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo: Pompeo Votes To Delay Obamacare, Keep Government Open Washington –- Congressman Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, is voting tonight to delay Obamacare for ordinary citizens, pay the armed services, ensure that the government continues running. He released the following statement: “Well-connected friends of President Obama shouldn't be the only Americans spared from the looming health care law -- delaying Obamacare for businesses and not for individuals is irresponsible and reckless. This continuing resolution would also provide the hard-earned funding for our amazing armed forces and that the government is still providing services to the…
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ObamaCare chart updated

Republicans of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress have released an update of a chart to help us navigate ObamaCare. (Click on it for a larger version.) From the July 2010 press release accompanying the original chart: "Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared 'We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it,' a congressional panel has released the first chart illustrating the 2,801 page health care law President Obama signed into law in March. Developed by the Joint Economic Committee minority, led by U.S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas…
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ObamaCare employer mandate delayed, start of train wreck?

Scheduled to take effect on January 1, the employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has been delayed for one year. Curiously, this announcement was made on an obscure Treasury Department blog, along with articles titled "Meeting, and Exceeding, Our Small Business Procurement Goals in FY 2012" and "In Case You Missed It: Top Executives Say U.S. Is #1 for Foreign Direct Investment." The employer mandate requires those who employ more than 50 full time-equivalent employees to provide insurance or pay a penalty. Cato Institute's Michael D. Tanner notes the general problem, and a specific problem based on…
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The future of Obamacare, now he tells us

This is a sad commentary on the state of politics and governance in the U.S., from the Boston Globe: Unencumbered by the political pressures of a reelection campaign, Baucus is in a position to call out both the failure of federal officials to prepare for implementing Obamacare as well as the unintended consequences of its complex regulations. A short while ago, before U.S. Senator Max Baucus announced his retirement, U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Wichita noticed the incongruity of Baucus complaining about a law he passed, tweeting the following: If only someone had said something! MT @michael_steel: Now he tells…
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Well-intentioned policies do more harm than good

By Derrick Sontag, Americans for Prosperity-Kansas. A version of this appeared in the Wichita Eagle. Governor Brownback and legislators in Kansas must make an important decision this legislative session. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2012, Kansas must decide whether it will vastly expand its Medicaid rolls. Adding hundreds of thousands of Kansas residents to Medicaid is the exact wrong policy for our state. The desire to expand Medicaid is well-intentioned, but will do more harm than good. The plan ignores the realities of the Medicaid system. Medicaid is a broken, costly system traditionally serving low-income populations focusing on…
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ObamaCare explained: What could go wrong?

An Illinois State Senate candidate who happens to be a physician diagnoses and explains the problems with the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Here's a transcription of what Barbara Bellar said: Let me get this straight: We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted…
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Huelskamp: Kansas needs Health Care Freedom Amendment

An open letter from Congressman Tim Huelskamp of the Kansas first district to Republican Kansas State Senators Pete Brungardt, Jay Emler, Terrie Huntington, Jeff Longbine, Carolyn McGinn, Steve Morris, Tim Owens, Roger Reitz, Vicki Schmidt, Jean Schodorf, Ruth Teichman, Dwayne Umbarger, and John Vratil. These are the "traditional," "reasonable," "moderate" Kansan Republicans. July 31, 2012 Dear Senator: While all Republicans in Washington are working hard to fulfill Kansans' wishes to stop ObamaCare from destroying our liberties, I am disappointed that you and many other Topeka politicians are actually hindering our efforts. The reasons to undo ObamaCare are countless. It carries…
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Kansas Health Care Freedom legislation: The real story

By Kansas Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook, R-Shawnee We need honesty and integrity in campaigns. It is crucial that Kansas citizens receive correct information about legislators' voting records and not just rhetoric with platitudes. Kansas Senate President Steve Morris said he never supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. However, his actions and votes indicate he was not willing to protect Kansas citizens and their liberty against the controversial federal health care law. Over the course of three years, President Morris was continually asked to allow a vote on the Senate floor for a Kansas Health Care…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday May 2, 2012

When government pays, government controls. Although most liberals would not admit this, it sometimes slips through: When government is paying for our health care, government then feels it must control our behavior. The Wichita Eagle's Rhonda Holman provides an example of this, when she wrote in a blog post about Kansas relaxing its smoking ban: "Especially with Medicaid costs swallowing up the state budget, lawmakers should be discouraging smoking, not accommodating more of it." The moral case for capitalism. "Two main charges are typically marshaled against capitalism: it generates inequality by allowing some to become wealthier than others; and it…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday March 23, 2012

Pompeo meeting tomorrow. From the congressman's office: "Kansas Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo will host a town hall meeting at the WSU Hughes Metroplex in Wichita on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30 am. Congressman Pompeo will take questions from constituents and discuss issues related to Congress and the federal government. The public and members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend." The WSU Hughes Metroplex is located at 5015 East 29th Street North. Obamacare anniversary. Listening to President Barack Obama you wouldn't know it, but it's the second anniversary of his signature legislative achievement. The problem? It's very…
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Huelskamp on spending, health information database, and Buffett

Addressing members and guests of the Wichita Pachyderm Club last Friday, U.S. Representative Tim Huelskamp of the Kansas first district updated the audience on national spending and debt, a health information database that poses privacy risks, and Warren Buffett's taxes. On being a new member of Congress, Huelskamp said people ask me "is Washington everything you thought it would be?" And I answer yes -- and much worse. He told the audience that the Washington Post newspaper has identified him as a member of the "Apocalypse Caucus," a group of twenty lawmakers that have voted no for almost everything, including…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Friday July 22, 2011

Republican populism. Timothy P. Carney writing in Washington Examiner: "President Obama, ignoring his own calls to leave rhetoric at the door, has relied on populist demagoguery throughout the debt-ceiling negotiations. But given the President's record of bailouts, his dedication to corporate-welfare handouts, and his calendar filled with $35,800-a-plate fundraisers, Republicans ought to take the populist cudgel from Obama and use it against Democrats." Carney recommends: "Instead of trying to defend themselves against Obama's misleading populism, Republicans ought to return fire with some sincere populism in this debt battle." Cost of space shuttle. It's a difficult question to answer, writes Carl…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Wednesday June 29, 2011

We have tried that before. Burt Folsom, who has written a book on Franklin Roosevelt's economic policies and spoke in Wichita on that topic, warns us of the folly of government spending as a means to economic recovery. Henry Morgenthau, Secretary of the Treasury to FDR, said this seven years into the New Deal: "Now, gentlemen, we have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work." ... Some have charged that this quotation is a fabrication, but Folsom has the proof in his article We Have Tried Spending Money. ...…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday May 23, 2011

Wichita City council. As it is the fourth Tuesday of the month, the Wichita City Council handles only consent agenda items. The council will also hold a workshop. Consent agendas are usually reserved for items thought to be of non-controversial nature. Today's Wichita Eagle spotlights one item where the city is proposing to hire an outside firm to inspect the roof of the airport for damage from last September's storm. Some, including Council Member Michael O'Donnell (district 4, south and southwest Wichita) wonder why the city can't do the inspection with it's own engineering staff and resources. ... Of further…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Thursday May 19, 2011

Kansas growth clusters. H. Edward Flentje, Professor at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs at Wichita State University: "For starters, the Brownback economic plan sends a mixed message; it argues against state policies that target incentives to the lucky few but then proceeds to target individuals moving to 'rural opportunity zones' for special income-tax breaks and payoffs of student loans." The hope of the governor is that counties that have been losing population can be revived. But Flentje tells of the difficulties these rural counties face: "Rural Kansas relies much more heavily on state and federal assistance,…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday May 16, 2011

Wichita City Council this week. This week the Wichita City Council handles several important issues. One is approval of the policies regarding incentives for downtown development. Then, the council will consider approval of the city's portion of the Hawker Beechcraft deal. In order to persuade Hawker to stay in Kansas rather than move to Louisiana, the State of Kansas offered $40,000 in various form of incentive and subsidy, and it was proposed at the time that the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County each add $2.5 million. Of note is the fact that Hawker's campus in east Wichita ... oops,…
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Kansas and Wichita quick takes: Monday March 28, 2011

Wichita Eagle endorsements. Yesterday the Wichita Eagle released its endorsements for Mayor, Wichita City Council, and Wichita school board. It is no surprise that in each case the newspaper editorial board recommended that voters select the candidate most likely to support the board's big-government interventionist policies, thereby (unwittingly?) providing a guide as to who not to vote for, if you value limited government and economic freedom. Wichita City Council this week. As it is the fifth Tuesday of the month, the Wichita City Council will not meet. While some might say the mayor and council members need to get to…
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