Letters to the editor on KanCare, gun control, GOP hypocrisy

04/29/2013 12:00 AM

04/26/2013 5:17 PM

Reason not to trust KanCare

I am a parent of a 24-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome, multiple intellectual disabilities, uses a wheelchair and needs care around the clock. What is already happening with the implementation of KanCare for people who are in wheelchairs and do not have an intellectual disability scares me about what KanCare will do to save the state money.

My daughter lives in a group home, and our current system with home- and community-based services is working. Her case manager and many dedicated professionals have struggled to enable her to enjoy a relatively healthy, stable and meaningful life. The move to administer community-based services through KanCare threatens her well-being and safety.

How will a managed-care organization know how to do nonmedical coverage when it can’t even administer medical coverage without cutting services? My lack of trust is justified by experiences with the new system and recent Senate legislation that would force a change in case managers.

I ask a simple question: Would you want a for-profit, out-of-state corporation to make important decisions about the care for your loved ones who cannot make the decision for themselves?



Process worked

It doesn’t matter what President Obama wants or what the media and the National Rifle Association say and want. It matters what the people want. So the bottom line is really simple: The senators who voted “yes” on gun control did so because the majority of their constituents told them to vote “yes.” The senators who voted “no” did so because the majority of their constituents told them to vote “no.” That is what they are supposed to do; that’s how they keep their jobs.

The media and the NRA don’t elect politicians; people do. And Obama is not a dictator yet, so the process worked the way it was designed and supposed to work.

After Obama won re-election, his supporters told others to “get over it and deal with it.” The people have spoken again, and they do not want more gun control, so “get over it and deal with it.”

Our esteemed senators from Kansas voted the way most of us wanted them to vote. If they hadn’t, they would not have been elected.

This is Kansas. Most of us like God, guns, babies and law-abiding, hardworking, taxpaying citizens who support themselves and their families. If any of you liberals don’t like any of these things, feel free to move on. There are plenty of states that would welcome you with open arms.



GOP hypocrisy

Two recent items in The Eagle showed how deeply hypocrisy is ingrained in conservative Republican orthodoxy.

An April 14 article reported how Sumner County takes in 40 percent more from the federal government than it sends in taxes to Washington, D.C. Yet 68 percent of the county voted for Mitt Romney. I guess when Romney said that 47 percent of people in the country were takers, Sumner County voters ignored that he was talking about them. One farmer received more than $200,000 over four years while complaining about Washington going broke. He admitted to the hypocrisy with a rueful smile.

The other item was an April 20 letter to the editor on why someone needed an AR-15 complete with several 30-round magazines. The writer stated that it is none of your business to ask or, for that matter, none of government’s business, as he is exercising the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional right to privacy so women could exercise their right to choose. In other words, it is none of your business or, for that matter, none of government’s business, if a woman chooses to have an abortion. Also in the Constitution is the right to vote. Yet both of these constitutionally protected rights have been under attack by conservative Republican statehouses across the country.



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