From the Wichita Eagle: Thompson praises Mayflower Clinic, pans Brownback Medicaid veto vote

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Thompson praises Mayflower Clinic, pans Brownback Medicaid veto vote

BY DION LEFLER

dlefler@wichitaeagle.com

James Thompson, the Fourth District Democratic congressional candidate, visited a charity clinic run by volunteer physicians and nurses on Monday and criticized the state Legislature for upholding Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill to expand Medicaid.

“This clinic serves about 1,000 people a year, all pro bono,” Thompson said after touring the Mayflower Clinic in downtown Wichita. “If we had 150 of these around here, we maybe could make up for the health care we just lost by not expanding Medicaid.”

The state Legislature voted last month to expand Medicaid for potentially tens of thousands of uninsured Kansans but fell short Monday of the two-thirds majority needed to override Brownback’s veto of the bill.

 

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