Today, Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate- Rep. Peggy Mast (R-Emporia), Rep. Brenda Landwehr (R-Wichita) and Sen. Mary Pilcher Cook (R-Shawnee)- introduced major legislation in criticism of a federal health care reform bill that is nowhere near passage.  House Democratic Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence) issued the following statement about the GOP’s proposed constitutional amendment:

“This type of partisan, knee-jerk reaction is neither helpful nor productive,” said Davis.  “Last summer, the GOP was extremely vocal with concerns that health care reform was moving too quickly.  Today, they put forward a constitutional amendment denying Kansans a choice that doesn’t even exist yet.”

"Our health care system is inefficient and badly needs reform. This is about empowering individuals and giving Kansans the opportunity to long, healthy lives.  It is difficult to understand why Republican leaders are against legislation that would allow thousands of Kansans to purchase affordable health insurance that they are currently unable to obtain," said Davis.

Davis also expressed disappointment that the Legislature’s Republican leadership team continues to carry the Republican Party’s banner of “no.”  

“Although a vigorous debate on health care reform is expected, it is upsetting that the chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, the chair of the House Social Services Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee all are so opposed to helping the 300,000 Kansans currently without coverage.  Shouting ‘no’ before a bill has even been finalized- and with no alternative- is a disservice to the people of Kansas.”

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