header image
  • home
  • Dole Institute
  • University of Kansas
  • Video Archives
  • Library/Archives
  • Senator Dole's Website
Dole Institute of Politics 2350 Petefish Dr Lawrence, Kansas, 66045
Kansas Republican Party
Kansas Democratic Party
University of Kansas Young Republicans
University of Kansas Young Democrats
Websites that Monitor Blogs
Technorati Pew Internet & American Life
Into The Blogosphere
Mystery Pollster
Global Voices
Policy Bloggers
One Marine's View
Blogs that Monitor Media
Media Resources
Lawrence Journal World
Blog Posts for Students
    Dole Institute Alumni Links
    The Daily Kos
    My DD My Direct Democracy
    Red State
    Ankle Biting Pundits
    Ward Carrol
    Dole Institute in the news
    Institute Articles Archive

    Success of ‘going negative’ changes campaign strategies
    [ # ] A Pre-Med Student’s View on KS SB 55
    April 24th, 2007 under Uncategorized

    By Michael Gray - University of Kansas

     I have always found this time of year to be interesting politically.  The Governor¹s veto session, in recent years, has been particularly interesting due to the party divide between the Legislative and Executive Branch of the State.  The veto session we are presently in has caused me to step back and think, specifically in regards to Kansas Senate Bill 55.  I am currently a sophomore studying to go to medical school and I am also a Democrat.  These two ³hats² I wear do not typically clash, but in regards to SB 55 problems arise. The Democrat in me wants to see justice for all people.  If there has been a wrongdoing, I most certainly do not want to see the wrongdoer go free on a technicality of the law.  My second ³side,² as a pre-med student, forces me to consider how this will affect the medical field.

     Everyone agrees that there is need for a change in our current healthcare system.  Millions of people¹s healthcare needs are being lost in the cracks of a flawed system and it is costing the government nearly $100 billion. This cost could be dramatically decreased if the uninsured people of this nation would seek preventative, not just palliative, care.  Diseases and conditions cost the least to treat when discovered early, which can only be accomplished through regular, preventative care.  There are many answers as to why uninsured Americans only seek medical care when absolutely necessary, but most of these reasons boil down to cost.  In recent years the cost of healthcare has gone up astronomically and it can be traced to frivolous lawsuits.  These lawsuits have forced some practitioners to pay a malpractice insurance annual premium of nearly $300,000, based solely on where they practice and their chosen specialty. The increase of malpractice premiums has had a threefold negative affect.  One, to combat the increasing overhead cost of running a practice and the decreasing reimbursement rates, doctors are being forced to increase their fees. This rise creates a greater divide between those who can receive regular care and those who cannot.  A second response to the increase in overhead costs is that doctors are being forced to see more and more patients per day just to break even.  Patients are being ³herded² through offices and sometimes do not even see a medical doctor during their visit.  One particular office I worked in, an orthopaedic surgeon¹s office, saw seventy to ninety patients per day!
    Things can be overlooked and mistakes can be made when that patient volume is seen. Lastly, many excellent physicians are hanging up the stethoscope in frustration of a failing system where insurance companies and lawyers dictate what will be done.

     I am not saying that physicians should not held accountable.  If a medical practitioner does something that harms their patient, they should take ownership of their actions. The Governor¹s veto of SB 55, if not overturned, opens the door for more frivolous lawsuits that will raise the cost of healthcare in Kansas even more.  If we are serious about reforming the healthcare system, we must choose a practical starting point.  I believe that starting point should be overturning the Governor¹s veto on SB 55.


    KMS Statement in response to the Governor’s veto of SB 55 regarding amendments to the Kansas Consumer Protection Act

    Read the Comments

    [ # 7131 ] Comment from ostnquvdvq [June 23, 2007, 12:09 pm]

    Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! osjmhksryw

    Write a comment

    The Dole Institute of Politics is a bipartisan facility. Our mission; to encourage political and civic involvement, especially among young people; to encourage civil discussion on important issues; to emphasize that politics is an honorable profession; and to provide opportunities for all to interact with political leaders, practitioners and writers.
    While content on the blog will be moderated, we in no way wish to stifle vigorous debate. We request that participants engaging in the online discussion avoid personal, vitriolic attacks, and maintain respect for different opinions.
    David D. Perlmutter, Editor Login
    Facts about the Dole Institute
    Dole Institute of Politics: A calm place to discuss hot topics
    How to find us

    Add to Technorati Favorites

    Dole Institute Fellows Fall 2008
    Jennifer Schmidt

    A Summary of the 2006 Blogger-Reader Survey

    Fall 2006 Blogger/Reader Survey Details and Research Reports
    In December of 2006 Dr. Dhavan Shah of the University of Wisconsin and his “Blogclub” of graduate students and Dr. David D. Perlmutterof the University of Kansas conducted a survey of major political blogs and their readers. The project was partially sponsored by a grant from the Knight/Carnegie Foundation’s Future of Journalism initiative. The summary of the results are posted here--please fully cite us if you refer to the findings.

    Recent Posts
    Recent Commentors
    Dole Institute in the news
    Institute Articles Archive

    Success of ‘going negative’ changes campaign strategies
    Feature Blog Stories
    A Silent Blogging Majority?

    Zombietime, Blogs, and the Anti-War Movement

    The Boss Is Watching Your Blog!
    Research & Reports
    “ConfederateYankee Gets an “A+” for Investigative Journalism

    “The Great Blog and Fauxtography Debate Continues”

    “Photojournalism in Crisis? (The Bloggers Strike!)

    “Are Blogs the New Iowa?” (Redux…)

    “No Man or Woman Blogs Alone?”

    “Are Blogs an Echo Chamber? Do Bloggers Only Read Blogs They Agree With?”

    “Blogs as Political Educators”
    Blogs & Government
    “Live from the Front Lines: The (Blogged) Words of War

    “Can the Clintons Harness the Blogs?”

    “Political Blogs as ‘Public Domain’ Speechwriters?”

    “Blogs and Endorsements”

    “Why Politicians Should Blog”

    “Blogs, Flogs, Hitblogs, Identity Theft & Politicians: A New Tool for the Dirty Tricks Bag?”

    “Blogs of War: Then and Now”

    “Blogs, Politicians & ‘The Face in the Crowd’”
    Blogs & Public/ Media
    “Who are Bloggers? Who Do Bloggers Represent?”

    “Washington Post ‘Shuts off Comments’: Big Media’s Troubles in Adapting to Blogging”

    “Who was the World’s First Blogger?”

    “Are Blogs Feminine?”

    “Do Bloggers Wear Political Blinders?”

    “Blogs as ‘Scribbling Mercuries’: Marketplace of Ideas or Duel to the Death of Ideas?”

    “Bloggers as Local Content Creators”