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Kinder and Cross Take Aim on Obamacare at John...
Kinder and Cross Take Aim on Obamacare at John Knox Village, Lee's Summit
September 10, 2010
Photo Lt. Gove Peter Kinder and Gary Cross
Tribune Photo / Fred Poese
Special to the Tribune
Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder speaks to a group at John Knox Village, Wednesday, Sept. 8th, about his lawsuit against the federal healthcare law, Missiouri’s approval of Proposition C and Health Care. Pictured with Lt. Gov. Kinder is Gary Cross, Republican candidate for State Representative, MO House District 48.
On Wednesday, September 8th, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder joined 48th District House candidate Gary Cross at John Knox Village to provide an update on his lawsuit opposing Obamacare, the new federal health care reform package passed by the Pelosi and Reid led Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year. Kinder addressed a crowd of senior and concerned citizens.
Gary Cross, the Republican primary winner for the 48th District House seat being vacated by Will Kraus, said, “a lot of people are fed up and I find that many who say they have voted Democrat for 30 to 40 years now say they will vote Republican this year, many because of Obamacare. “
Kinder and Cross pointed to the overwhelming vote for Proposition C on August 3rd, which garnered 71.4% of the vote, included one in five Democratic voters who voted for Prop C opposing Obamacare.
Representative Jeff Grisamore, the District 47 incumbent representing Lee’s Summit and Greenwood said, “the health care debate over Obamacare has provided voters with a clear choice between those who support an unconstitutional, tax increasing government expansion and control of health care and those who favor giving Missourians freedom of choice for their health care. Preserving free market competition that promotes quality, competition and affordability is critical.”
Grisamore also pointed out that Lee’s Summit resident, Gary Cross—like him--opposes Obamacare, while his opponent, Kansas City resident Gavin Fletchall supports it. “Gary’s opponent even touts on his website that he campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008. Will Kraus, who will be moving on to the Missouri Senate to replace Matt Bartle, did a great job representing the values of the 48th District, and Gary Cross will do a fantastic job of following in Will’s footsteps,” Grisamore said.
Lt. Governor Kinder, also gave time to other Jackson County Republican candidate to speak along with Cross. Joining Kinder and Cross at the platform was District 45 Republican candidate Nola Wood, who is running against incumbent Jason Holsman, who Wood describes as a “radical liberal” with an environmentalist agenda. Holsman has also been an outspoken supporter of Obamacare while Wood, an insurance agent, opposes it, noting the job killing adverse affect she sees it is having on small businesses.
Jeanie Lauer, the District 54 Republican candidate in Blue Springs also spoke at the event and emphasized “listening” to constituents and “representing them in Jefferson City and not “special interest.” Later that day, Kinder spoke at a fundraiser for Lauer in Blue Springs.
During his remarks, Kinder outlined his private lawsuit, Kinder vs. Geitner, Holder and Sebelius, which is being privately funded through donations and is not taxpayer funded. His three plaintiffs include a senior citizen woman from St. Louis who is a cancer survivor and has congestive heart failure and has had quadruple by-pass surgery. She contends Obamacare will damage the quality and access of her health care by forcing her from Medicare Advantage to Medicaid. Under Obamacare, Medicare Advantage is set to be eliminated, forcing seniors into Medicaid based health care.
Kinder’s second plaintiff is his lawsuit is an adoptive mother of two children, one of whom has autism. She argues in the lawsuit that Obamacare will reduce the quality and accessibility of care for her son with autism.
The third plaintiff named in Kinder’s lawsuit is a 21-year-old college student from Cass County who contends Obamacare will force her to buy a more expansive and expensive health insurance product than she needs.
Kinder, in drawing his battle lines with the Obama Administration, also had sharp words for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who is running against Congressman Roy Blunt to replace Senator Kit Bond. Kinder noted Carnahan’s “rubber stamp” of President Obama’s policies.” He also quoted White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, who called the Missouri vote on Prop C opposing Obamacare as of “no legal significance.” Gibbs added that it “means nothing.” “That’s arrogant and a slap in the face to Missourians,” Kinder said.
Kinder noted the groundswell of public opposition sweeping the nation opposing Obamacare. His anti-Obamacare mission has been followed in the national media with Kinder appearing regularly on the Fox News cable network and in other national media outlets.
Grisamore, in making a closing comment, said he appreciated Kinder’s opposition to Obamacare and commended the Lt. Governor for highlighting the “damage Obamacare will do to vulnerable senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.”
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