(July 31, 2020) – There are many lessons to be learned from the current pandemic crisis. Chief among those lessons is this reminder: government matters, and more specifically, good government matters. While you will undoubtedly have your own opinions about how the pandemic has been managed from a governmental perspective, in my opinion it is difficult to see our handling of it as a shining example of good government.
I worry that we have seen an increase in elected officials who enter official service with the philosophy that the government (of which they are now a part) can simply do nothing right. Instead of striving to make government better and more efficient, they operate inside a self-fulfilling prophecy that doesn’t really care whether government works because ineffective government supports their campaign rhetoric.
If government matters, elections certainly matter. This year is a critical election year, and the individuals we elect will make many important decisions concerning the future of health care, and, ultimately, the future of Kansas hospitals. The Kansas Hospital Association Political Action Committee reviewed candidates based upon local hospital input and the candidate’s interest in good government, especially when it comes to healthcare related issues. This year all 165 Kansas legislators are up for reelection, and many of those strong hospital supporters have a challenger in the primary election on Aug. 4. A listing of candidates with a contested primary election supported by the KHA-PAC is online
We encourage hospitals to elevate their advocacy efforts leading up to the Aug. 4 primary election. Join the We CARE We VOTE Campaign
. We are calling on hospital employees, physicians, trustees, vendors and volunteers to join together to make the voice of the industry heard. New this year, we also have collaborated with VotER
to connect KHA members to resources that offer patients, visitors and staff the chance to register to vote or request a mail-in ballot while they wait.
If you should have any questions related to the upcoming primary election on Aug. 4, We CARE We VOTE or VotER, contact Chad Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Cindy Samuelson (email@example.com)
at (785) 233-7436.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts on behalf of those interested in the future of Kansas healthcare.