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TheChat: Kansas lawmakers want answers to Medicaid backlog


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▪ “We need to find out what their plan is, and if they don’t have a plan, they better get a plan.” — Kansas state Rep. Dan Hawkins, a Wichita Republican who chairs the KanCare Oversight Committee, expressing his expectation that state officials have answers to growing frustration with the state’s Medicaid program.

One big issue: a backlog of unprocessed applications. Gov. Sam Brownback has said the program is working well, though he acknowledged there have been “difficulties.”

▪ “It started in Ferguson.” — Republican Catherine Hanaway, a candidate for Missouri governor, describing the origins of the rising violence in America and its decline.

Many Americans thought too much force was used to quell protestors in the St. Louis-area community. But many Republicans believe too little was used.

▪ "Missouri's growing elk herd is just over the hill.” — Bill Bryan, director of Missouri's state park system, extolling the features of the state’s newest park, Echo Bluff State Park in the Ozarks.

Gov. Jay Nixon officially opened the park last week, calling it a jewel of the state park system.

▪ “I cannot emphasize enough how deeply I disagree with Mr. Trump’s statement. I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain reacting to the latest Trump controversy, this one with the parents of a fallen Muslim soldier.

McCain has had his issues with Trump. This one may rank as his sharpest disagreement.