Shame on Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas for voting against the bill that authorizes expansion of Kansas’ HealthWave program providing health care to uninsured children.
A letter I recently received explained that Brownback’s main concern was the number of childless adults included in the bill. Upon further investigation, I learned that this bill allows but does not mandate states to include pregnant women. Is there a better way to “protect the unborn” (one of Brownback’s main campaign goals) than to provide health care to their pregnant mothers?
Brownback expressed concern that coverage would be expanded to families earning $88,000 per year. The federal bill leaves income guidelines up to the states. HealthWave takes into account the number of children along with family income. Does Brownback object to large families being eligible?
Sen. Brownback, as you begin your campaign for Kansas governor, please rethink your commitment to Kansas children. Your vote against this bill raises huge concerns.