Health reform Gov. Sam Brownback says he wont lift a finger to implement the health reform law upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. This seems to us the height of arrogance, irresponsibility and impracticality. Yes, it is consistent with Brownbacks previous public positions. Those positions were also arrogant, irresponsible and impractical. By holding out to try to defeat health reform and President Obama, Brownback is putting his own political agenda ahead of the interests of 2.4 million Kansans.
Winfield Daily Courier
Kansas has about 350,000 residents who dont have health insurance coverage, or 12.7 percent of the states population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. About 53,000 are children. These people cannot be ignored any longer, particularly since it is the law of the land. How can Gov. Sam Brownback look these people in the eye and tell them their quality of life pales in comparison to his political gamesmanship? The governor has to realize as he plays politics, he concurrently is playing with peoples lives. Brownbacks indifference for struggling Kansans is unacceptable.
Hays Daily News
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was wrong in August 2011 when he returned $31.5 million in federal money the state had been given to begin establishing a health insurance exchange for Kansas customers. Reaching for rationale at the time, he said Kansas needs to maintain maximum flexibility. In fact, returning the grant all but stripped Kansas of flexibility and was a disservice to this states citizens.
Republican officeholders in Missouri and Kansas are vowing to stall progress on the Affordable Care Act, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upholds its constitutionality. Their intransigence will shortchange citizens and economies. Both states are far behind on creating insurance exchanges. In Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback foolishly gave back $31.5 million in federal money aimed at starting a computer infrastructure. Even if the Affordable Care Act is dismantled politically, whats not to like about an online marketplace where consumers can easily learn what kinds of insurance policies are available and at what price? The reluctance to get started is folly.
Kansas City Star
Dental school Its not surprising that a task force asked by the Kansas Board of Regents to determine whether Kansas needs its own dental school would confirm such a need, but is that the best strategy to deal with a shortage of dentists in rural areas of Kansas? Even members of the Oral Health Care Task Force acknowledged that establishing a dental school would be expensive; a dental school would have startup costs of about $58 million and annual operating costs of about $19.5 million. A more expedient and practical solution to the need for more dental care in rural areas may be the certification of dental practitioners who are not dentists but are trained to perform basic tasks.
Cancer Center After a nearly decadelong effort, victory has drawn near in a quest to see the University of Kansas Cancer Center receive an important designation. An official announcement on the decision is expected this month. When it does come, the news will signal the start of a new era in Kansas health care. With National Cancer Institute designation, the KU Cancer Center will be in position to attract some of the brighter minds in cancer research in an effort to discover, develop and deliver innovative treatments.
Garden City Telegram