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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaking at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference
Sam Brownback, the new face of losing on Obamacare.
Let's call this a trend now: Democrats are turning around the narrative on Obamacare, and talking about its benefits, even in places like Alaska and Louisiana and Arkansas. And Kansas, too, where Democrats have put a pro-Obamacare plan into the state party platform, focusing specifically on Medicaid expansion.
The party platform, adopted Friday at the state party's annual DemoFest convention in Wichita, includes a list of benefits the law has provided, such as allowing parents to carry their children on family policies up to age 26 and requiring insurance companies to provide coverage despite a person's pre-existing conditions.

"However, certain provisions that make the ACA workable have not been enacted in Kansas — notably the expansion of Medicaid coverage to thousands of eligible persons. Kansas Democrats will work to expand Medicaid coverage in Kansas," the platform states. […]

"When they understand the number of uninsured in Kansas is going up instead of down, and when they understand how many millions (of dollars) were given back because premiums were lowered because of the Affordable Care Act, they're going to figure out, hey, something good happened," [state party chairwoman Joan] Wagnon said. "And it did, and I am tired of making excuses for it."

It's featuring particularly (and appropriately) for Dennis Anderson, the Democratic candidate for insurance commissioner. In a really smart move, he and other Democrats have been blasting the highly unpopular Gov. Sam Brownback for his refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion and are labeling his plan to privatize both Medicare and Medicaid "BrowbackCare." In Anderson's words, "BrownbackCare is built on denying people affordable medical care, and takes the well being of millions of Kansans and our senior citizens, and makes it a blank check made out to our governor."

Kansas has more than 57,000 people who gained insurance coverage through the law, and at least 100,000 more who have fallen into the Medicaid gap and remain uninsured. Kansas Democrats think that's a potent political issue. They're right.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (41+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:53:23 PM PDT

  •  So Kansas can turn the tables (9+ / 0-)

    on the inside the Beltway Dems and asks them - "What's the Matter with Beltway Democrats?"

    If so called Red State Democrats have figured out how to run on issues like health care reform and turn them into positives, instead of wilting and running away from issues every time a Republican or conservative or mainstream media pundit says a negative word then Dems in the rest of the country should be able to do it as well. We as a party and a country would be much better off.

    Blue is blue and must be that but yellow is none the worse for it - Carlisle Wheeling

    by kenwards on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 01:15:00 PM PDT

  •  Privatizing means letting companies steal (4+ / 0-)

    Privatizing a government service ends up either costing the public 30% more for the same service of getting 25% less service for the same costs.  And, any tangible assets held by the agency that gets privatized are simply given -- not sold -- to the private company, which would then sell the assets back to government if the deal is rescinded.
    Any Privatization deal begins on a sour note.  Privatization is a Republican Rip-Off, pure and simple.  There is absolutely no public benefit to privatization.

  •  Good for Kansas nt (4+ / 0-)
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    CWinebrinner, TomP, hbk, poleshifter

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 02:55:14 PM PDT

  •  Kansas May Redeem Itself (5+ / 0-)

    I keep trying to tell people that Republican crazy is antithetical to the moderate politics the state has experienced throughout its entire post Civil War history. Not knowing any better they look at me like I am crazy. Kansas Democrats are on the march and will make the country proud of them in November. Thomas Frank grew up in the same town and went to the same schools as I did a year after me. I really look forward to being able to say there isn't a whole lot wrong with Kansas anymore. Looks like this may be the year I get to do that.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:12:15 PM PDT

  •  If Davis wins, I wonder what the chances (5+ / 0-)

    are of the legislature passing some kind of Medicaid expansion, even like an AR plan?

    GOP will probably have a big majority still, but there are "moderate" Republicans in KS and I wonder if enough would go along to get a deal done.

    •  If Roberts and Kobach go down too all bets are off (5+ / 0-)

      The trifecta seems impossible unless Taylor drops out which is probably a 50/50 proposition. If that does happen it's a strong possibility. The Kansas legislature might be dumb, but not dumb enough to ignore the electorate who just shit canned the three most powerful politiicans in the state. The legislature could also justify medicaid expansion as the only way to balance the budget without raising taxes further. That is Republican friendly. Brownback has become so unpopular that his policies may all die along with his career in electoral politics in November. There may be a lot of wishful thinking in there, but its a genuine possibility.

      Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

      by bywaterbob on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:47:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Why should Taylor drop out? (3+ / 0-)
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        kd4dean, stevenaxelrod, bywaterbob

        I'm undecided right now but the latest Survey USA poll had Roberts with 37%, Taylor @ 32% and Orman bringing up the rear at 20%.  I'm not crazy about Taylor but I sure would like to see a Democrat from Kansas in the Senate.

        •  The longer this goes.. (3+ / 0-)
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          kd4dean, GleninCA, CWinebrinner

          The worse this is going to get.  

          The Hays Daily News called on him to exit the race today:
          http://hdnews.net/...

          Tomorrow, more will do the same.

          The New Yorker and others have.  Today, Washington Post did interviews to prep theirs.

          He can have a great career ahead of him, but if pride keeps him in this, he is going to wreck his future

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
          >Follow @tmservo433

          by Chris Reeves on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:04:04 PM PDT

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        •  Because he has zero chance of winning (2+ / 0-)
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          kd4dean, GleninCA

          Orman picks up every democratic vote that is even thinking of showing up on election day. Ormon voters likely stay home.

          Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

          by bywaterbob on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:40:21 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  It's a good question, here's the answer (3+ / 0-)
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          kd4dean, poleshifter, CWinebrinner

          Just so you know why this works the way it does.

          Taylor won a contested primary 53-47 against a candidate who raised exactly $0 and who didn't leave his home town.

          Taylor sits on low money, the last anyone knew.

          His opponents:

          Pat Roberts: around 1.4M
          Greg Orman: around 700-800K
          Taylor: maybe 10k.. maybe.

          So, money is a factor.   Bigger factor?   Taylor faces a huge backlash from his communities.. numerous newspapers have been calling for him to get out of the race.  The reason?  In that tight primary he lost every county in district 3 (a democratic hold) and he lost almost everything in District 1 (the west).  Meaning that while he may get to 32% in a poll, he can really never go higher than that.. Democrats make up 28% of the registered voters, he's unlikely to attract moderates, etc.

          Especially when Democratic groups have absolutely put a mark on him and will go after him relentlessly over issues regarding domestic assault, sexual harrassment, etc.

          http://www.dailykos.com/...

          The Democrats in the east are unlikely to ever forgive him, despite explanations, and they've explained to many (D) exactly how far they are willing to go to get him off the ballot.. and it's a long way.

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
          >Follow @tmservo433

          by Chris Reeves on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 05:38:37 PM PDT

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    •  I think it really depends on who gets elected to (1+ / 0-)
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      the state legislature.  If we can get enough moderates of any stripe elected, I think it will happen.
      But if people stay home, we may be screwed.  Since Brownback forced out a dozen moderates who stood up to him in favor of boot-lickers last election, they're pretty much a rubber stamp bunch at the moment.

      To the left, to the left....

      by CWinebrinner on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 08:02:12 PM PDT

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  •  When are we going to (2+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean, poleshifter

    prosecute legislators in states that have refused Medicaid expansion for premeditated manslaughter?

    We know how many people they are killing everyday.

    The 99% are watching.

    by unclejohn on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:20:21 PM PDT

  •  Deep Down. Sarah got a three (0+ / 0-)

    Please be fair.

  •  "Browback care" (2+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean, poleshifter

    Interesting typo, but is it a typo for "Brownback care" or "Blowback care"?

    Whichever, more than happy to browbeat Brownback.

    The real USA Patriot Act was written in 1789. It's called the Bill of Rights.

    by nicteis on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:35:25 PM PDT

  •  There is an underlying but discernible trend (2+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean, Mr MadAsHell

    of less skepticism and hostility to government among working class white americans.  Otherwise, no one in red states would be openly campaigning for medicaid expansion or other Obamacare features. In these times of income inequality, people want their government to work.  Obamacare is an example of what people are looking for even if they don't like the term.  The first test of that trend is the 2014 elections. If Democrats end up retaining control of the Senate and take over some Governor's mansions and state legislatures, then we can confirm that something is changing at the grassroots level.  

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    by khyber900 on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:40:07 PM PDT

  •  I think one of the best things... (6+ / 0-)

    ... to happen for Kansas Democrats is the hard working tmservo433

    Listen to The After Show & The Justice Department on Netroots Radio. Join us on The Porch Tue & Fri at Black Kos, all are welcome!

    by justiceputnam on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 03:19:55 PM PDT

    •  I can't rec this comment (3+ / 0-)
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      kd4dean, justiceputnam, GleninCA

      But thank you for your appreciation.   We have worked our asses off here, a lot of us.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
      >Follow @tmservo433

      by Chris Reeves on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:26:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I can't tell you how proud I was (3+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean, SoCalJayhawk, TKO333

    To be in that room for the Platform Committee meeting and to represent Progressives.   It was a fantastic day of real debate, and it was calm and determined.

    Every Democrat in a red state should look at what happened here last week and know that you CAN fight for the soul of your party and you CAN win.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
    >Follow @tmservo433

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:01:59 PM PDT

  •  Nobody could have predicted Democrats would (2+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean, tmservo433

    find a spine when it came to Obamacare. The website hiad bugs!  The Republicans owned the Democrats with this issue.  It was supposed to guarantee Mitt Romney's ascension into the Oval Office and the end of democrats forever!

    What a difference ten months makes.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:51:28 PM PDT

  •  It takes a majority to win an election... (1+ / 0-)
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    kd4dean

    You don't need 100%.  There are some people who really don't like the PPACA.  Those people weren't going to vote for the Democrat anyway.

    But, depending on the size of your state, there are now tens or hundreds of thousands of otherwise unlikely voters who either were significantly helped by the PPACA, and would be significantly harmed if Republicans rolled it back, or who are being screwed over right now because the Republicans in their state refused to expand Medicaid.  Add a good chunk of those people to our typical midterm voter base, and you can get a majority or close to it even in a place like Kansas.

    There is simply no upside to a Democrat's running away from the PPACA in 2014 and all kinds of upside to the Democrat's trumpeting its successes and possibilities.

  •  Kobach is now tied (0+ / 0-)

    If we get enough pissed off Republicans crossing party lines to vote Davis - maybe we'll take Kobach out as well

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