By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier fought for Medicaid expansion in the state senate, but even though that will be a state issue once again this session, she believes its important to fight for the Affordable Care Act as a whole at the federal level.
"The only way to keep the ability to expand Medicaid is to maintain the Affordable Care Act," Bollier said. "People don't realize, when Roger Marshall was voting against the Affordable Care Act to tear it down, he was also going to strip away millions of people, their health care in this country. For all the states that have expanded Medicaid, that would go away."
Beyond health care, Bollier wants to see expansion of rural broadband.
"It's a way that we can help people move to more rural areas and build up that population," Bollier said. "They've found out they don't only have to work from the big city as long as they have broadband access."
Bollier also plans to continue a Kansas U.S. Senator's service on the agriculture committee.
"I look forward to continuing that Dole-Roberts legacy that we have and of course, standing firm and getting a good farm bill on the table, crafted and actually passed," Bollier said.
Bollier will be in Hutchinson Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at the Reno County Farmer's Market Pavilion at 2nd and Washington.