KANSAS 03 (R -- YODER) | KS-3

Healthcare Advocate to Challenge Yoder

There are two other Democrats also planning bids.

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Ally Mutnick
June 13, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Health care ad­voc­ate An­drea Ram­sey (D) will run against Rep. Kev­in Yo­der’s (R) seat in 2018, a de­cision made shortly after Yo­der voted to re­peal to Af­ford­able Care Act. She “of­fi­cially launched her cam­paign … Tues­day morn­ing. Ram­sey has spent the past eight years as a board mem­ber for the Turn­er House Chil­dren’s Clin­ic in Kan­sas City, … which provides med­ic­al care to un­der­served chil­dren in Wyan­dotte County.”

Also seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion are Army vet­er­an Joe Mc­Con­nell (D) and 2016 chal­lenger Jay Sidie (D). Hil­lary Clin­ton won the dis­trict by a point last year. Sidie soun­ded less than thrilled about the crowded field: “I was will­ing to step up and fight the battle when nobody else would. Now that I’ve moved the ball down the field and we’ve got the party re-en­er­gized, people want to jump on the band­wag­on.” (Kan­sas City Star)

AN EX­PLAN­A­TION. In a Fox News opin­ion piece, Yo­der “didn’t so much ad­voc­ate for the spe­cif­ic be­ne­fits of a new Re­pub­lic­an health care plan … as po­s­i­tion it as the al­tern­at­ive to Demo­crats’ dream of so­cial­ized medi­cine. … He said a single-pay­er plan, which he called so­cial­ized medi­cine, would in­volve massive tax in­creases, a loss of choice and a ‘50 per­cent doc­tor short­age’ that would mean long waits for treat­ment.” (Kan­sas City Busi­ness Journ­al)

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