www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

What is and is not child abuse -9/22/2014, 9:30 AM

Cannabis politics and research -9/22/2014, 9:30 AM

Future of The Mall -9/21/2014, 6:14 PM

Multiculturalism is a failure -9/19/2014, 9:52 AM

State education rankings -9/19/2014, 9:52 AM

Kobach gone wild -9/19/2014, 9:52 AM

Bias prevents civil discussion of education issues -9/18/2014, 9:35 AM

Immigration is American -9/18/2014, 9:35 AM

Costs to states not expanding Medicaid -9/17/2014, 10:14 AM

Medicare threats -9/17/2014, 10:12 AM

Green fields in northwest Kansas -9/17/2014, 10:12 AM

Consolidation by starvation -9/16/2014, 9:54 AM

School mergers tricky -9/16/2014, 9:54 AM

Hotel tipping -9/16/2014, 9:54 AM

Abuse video revealed nothing we didn't know -9/15/2014, 9:20 AM

Lessons from 13 years ago -9/15/2014, 9:20 AM

The zero option -9/14/2014, 1:31 PM

Why branding ISIS matters -9/14/2014, 1:31 PM

School efficiency -9/14/2014, 1:31 PM

Favors and loot for sale -9/12/2014, 10:10 AM

The 'college experience' -9/12/2014, 10:10 AM

Ellis schools -9/11/2014, 10:10 AM

Hold on, Mr. President -9/11/2014, 9:26 AM

The best bathroom -9/11/2014, 9:26 AM

The day the world stood still -9/11/2014, 9:26 AM

No one can play your part -9/9/2014, 9:55 AM

Playing candidate dress-up -9/9/2014, 9:55 AM

Congress at work -9/9/2014, 9:55 AM

Schmidt is the answer -9/9/2014, 9:55 AM

The liabilities of cannabis use -9/8/2014, 9:21 AM

Downtown decision -9/8/2014, 9:21 AM

Why are red states so far behind? -9/8/2014, 9:20 AM

Taylor's next move -9/5/2014, 10:16 AM

Consider trees to spruce up yard -9/5/2014, 10:15 AM

Washington takes action to reform VA -9/5/2014, 10:15 AM

Umbehr stands out -9/4/2014, 12:25 PM

Leadership education -- it's not a scam -9/4/2014, 12:24 PM

Not supporting Brownback's re-election -9/4/2014, 12:23 PM

A fair fair debate -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

Suicide in today's age -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

Regulation overreach -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

Sharpton, Kobach's common ground -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

In charge of all -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

Pocket-book debate? -9/3/2014, 9:23 AM

Educating voters on education -9/2/2014, 9:33 AM

Crazy election season in Kansas -9/2/2014, 9:33 AM

An erosion of authenticity -8/31/2014, 4:39 PM

Blasphemy, free speech and the 'black mass' -8/31/2014, 4:39 PM

Labor Day -8/31/2014, 4:39 PM

Flexing muscles -8/29/2014, 10:00 AM

Blacks must confront reality -8/29/2014, 10:00 AM

The leadership scam -8/29/2014, 10:00 AM

Green monster -8/28/2014, 10:14 AM

The resurrection of Rick Perry -8/28/2014, 10:14 AM

Senate campaign -8/28/2014, 10:14 AM

Right to be heard? -8/26/2014, 10:08 AM

Over-covering Ferguson -8/26/2014, 10:07 AM

Figuring out the tax debate -8/26/2014, 10:07 AM

An obvious ploy -8/25/2014, 9:29 AM

Not-so-beautiful sunset -8/25/2014, 9:29 AM

Cannabis therapy -- Why bother? -8/25/2014, 9:29 AM

Business climate of Kansas -8/24/2014, 11:39 AM

James Foley: Courage in the face of danger -8/24/2014, 11:39 AM

Festering wound -8/24/2014, 11:39 AM

Big banks settling -8/22/2014, 10:16 AM

Tuition pays for this -8/22/2014, 10:16 AM

College textbook scam -8/22/2014, 10:16 AM

Policing a riot -8/21/2014, 9:45 AM

Evil strikes back -8/21/2014, 9:45 AM

Art appreciation -8/21/2014, 9:45 AM

Abuse of power -8/20/2014, 8:22 AM

Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting -8/20/2014, 8:21 AM

Don't 'got milk' -8/20/2014, 8:21 AM

Another road map to success? -8/19/2014, 10:05 AM

It's the abuse of power, stupid -8/19/2014, 10:04 AM

Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean -8/18/2014, 9:57 AM

One of billions -8/18/2014, 9:57 AM

The GOP presents: Barack-nado -8/17/2014, 2:08 PM

Media and Missouri: What's going on? -8/17/2014, 2:08 PM

Answer the bell -8/15/2014, 8:58 AM

Get ready for denials -8/15/2014, 8:49 AM

Mental illness -8/15/2014, 8:49 AM

Mindless drones -8/14/2014, 9:27 AM

Can-do attitude -8/14/2014, 9:27 AM

'Poor door' -- a symbol of a truth we all know -8/13/2014, 9:19 AM

Eyeing the Ogallala Aquifer -8/13/2014, 9:19 AM

The slacker congress -8/12/2014, 9:02 AM

CIA vs. Senate -8/12/2014, 9:02 AM

The cannabis conundrum -- we against us -8/11/2014, 8:55 AM

The debate is over -8/11/2014, 8:54 AM

The 'Almost' Revolution -8/10/2014, 3:28 PM

Is cross a history lesson or state religion? -8/10/2014, 3:28 PM

Another downgrade -8/10/2014, 3:28 PM

State economy plays critical role in the future of FHSU -8/10/2014, 2:09 PM

Building on past successes for a stronger future -8/10/2014, 2:09 PM

Will Palin's channel rival Comedy Central? -8/8/2014, 9:25 AM

Western anti-Semitism -8/8/2014, 9:25 AM

Patrolmen without borders -8/7/2014, 10:13 AM

Not a choice -8/7/2014, 10:12 AM

Ebola politics -8/7/2014, 10:12 AM

myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

We deserve better

Published on -7/17/2012, 9:44 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

We deserve better

After First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp voted once again to kill the Affordable Health Care Act, it seems a good time to look at the act itself and ask why he and his Republican friends seem intent on overturning this benefit for the American people who both need and indeed want adequate access to health care.

The congressman recently wrote "Comments" for the Rush County News explaining the merits of his votes against President Obama's health care law. The most recent ruling of the Supreme Court let the law stand as legal under the provision of Congress' capacity to tax or enforce a penalty.

Huelskamp, a self-described member of the tea party, writes the ruling on that bill on June 28 "will stand as a definitive date in the advance of government tyranny." This is typical overstatement which reinforces the fear of many Americans the act will "end health care as we know it." Fear-mongering has become a conservative staple and unworthy of our representatives.

When Huelskamp writes "millions of Americans will likely lose their health insurance plan as employers are driven out of business," he ignores the fact health care costs and insurance premiums today are harming the small business sector, and the rest of us are at the mercy of insurance companies. This speculation suggests the congressman has not really read nor attempted to understand numerous beneficial features of the act itself. In fact, insurance companies are constrained by the law that says they cannot discriminate against one of us for pre-existing conditions; that if you like your insurance plan and can afford it, then of course you can keep it in place. If not, then your employer -- if you have one -- will find or offer a satisfactory plan.

Another benefit to workers is the provision that we need not remain in jobs we do not like or that is no longer suitable just to keep the insurance. How many of us have been in that predicament? Impossible to say, but it's no longer necessary, as insurance coverage must follow you to a new job without any threat of loss.

A valuable benefit already in place allows children under 26 to remain covered by parents' insurance if he or she chooses or needs. Additionally, if a child or adult requires special health-care treatment, insurance companies may not discontinue coverage because of an artificial dollar or time limitation. Families caring for disabled elders or handicapped children will be spared medical bankruptcy as well as interruption or denial of coverage.

When the congressman cautions against the sharing of patients' electronic records among health care providers, he is behind the times. Happily, many doctors and clinics and hospitals already have such practices in place, eliminating duplicative tests and providing complete health information for the patient's best care. I can speak to the benefits of record-sharing and many of you can, too, I'm sure.

Our Kansas Republican congressmen seem to think they are the only ones in possession of "Common Sense Solutions," given how often they use that terminology. To the contrary, how commonsensical is it to disavow the work that has been done over several decades on the subject? The last thing Congress should do is start over on health care by raising taxes on the middle class and repealing the entire law. Instead, Congress should honor the fact the Supreme Court ruling underscores that the Affordable Health Care Act is the "law of the land" and establishes that it meets the legal standards established in the Constitution.

We send our congressmen to Washington to address and solve problems on our behalf, not to vote repeatedly (33 times in 18 months) to dismantle one piece of legislation. Ideologues have taken over the representative process, preventing the very topic on which many candidates ran for election -- jobs -- from ever becoming the centerpiece of discussion and solution. We deserve better. We demand better.

Mary Boone Schwindt

Timken

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos

AP Breaking News
AP Nation-World News

View this site in another language.

Kansas News