Most Kansas legislators won’t declare their principles

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Lots of declarations are made on the campaign trail and town hall meetings, but when asked to declare their principles on key state budget and education issues, most Kansas legislators wouldn’t respond. Kansas Policy Institute asked all 165 Kansas legislators to respond to a 6-question multiple choice online survey between January 13 and January 30 but only 34 responded; some … Read More

Guest Post: A Medicaid Expansion Offer the States Should Refuse

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This piece was published originally by National Review Online ( ©2016 National Review, used with permission). The author is John Daniel Davidson. Mr. Davidson is the Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin. In the wake of Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards’s announcement last week that his state would expand Medicaid … Read More

KPI and THF on Obamacare and Kansas

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By Nina Owcharenko, Ed Haislmaier and Patrick Parkes. It remains one of the more contentious questions surrounding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) in Kansas: Should the state adopt the law’s expansion of Medicaid? Doing so would fundamentally transform the program—shifting it from one which principally covers poor children and the disabled to one which covers able-bodied, … Read More

Medicaid Expansion Debate Should Deal With Facts, Not Falsehoods

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A recent guest column by Ken Johnson purporting to make the case for Medicaid expansion is actually an odd collection of false and misleading claims put forth to justify a large expansion of a government program and benefit the business he runs. Mr. Johnson said that an expansion would bring $400 million into Kansas. But, this would happen at an … Read More

King v. Burwell Decided: Is It 2015 or 1984?

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We have always been at war with Eastasia. Oh, and an “Exchange established by the State[s]” can also mean an Exchange established by the federal government’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Chief Justice John Roberts channeled his best George Orwell last Thursday, authoring a 6-3 ruling in King v. Burwell allowing the distribution of Affordable Care Act subsidies to … Read More

2015 Legislative Wrap-up

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Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert summarizes the major accomplishments of the 2015 Kansas Legislature including changes to: K-12 school funding, renewable energy mandates, tax credit scholarships, property tax reform and avoidance of Medicaid expansion.

Could King v. Burwell Spell the End of Obamacare as We Know It?

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The U.S. Supreme Court will rule in June on King v. Burwell: a case that could spell the end of the Affordable Care Act (aka the ACA or Obamacare) as we know it if the Court disallows the ACA’s federal health insurance subsidies in 34 states (68% of the country) and thus prevents the law’s individual and employer mandates from … Read More

Guest Post: King v. Burwell: What State Lawmakers Should Do

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Posted by Patrick Parkes on Friday, March 20, 2015 This piece was published originally by The Heritage Foundation and authored by Edmund F. Haislmaier, Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Health Policy Studies, of the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. State lawmakers—particularly those in states that would be affected by a Supreme Court ruling … Read More

Patrick Parkes on Medicaid Expansion & Obamacare


Kansas residents who are already paying more for health insurance will also pay much more to fund an expansion of Medicaid. Patrick Parkes, a fiscal policy analyst at the Kansas Policy Institute, talks about research KPI and other organizations have done into the costs and outcomes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act popularly known as ObamaCare.

If Quality Healthcare Is the Goal, Medicaid Expansion Isn’t the Answer

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Next week’s legislative agenda in Topeka will continue the debate in Kansas about possible expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—more commonly known as Obamacare. A KPI blog post from May 2014 outlined the grave financial dangers of heading down this path. Kansas already faces $4.1 billion (almost $1,400 per Kansan) in new Medicaid costs on account of Obamacare’s “individual mandate” … Read More