When U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall spoke to constituents Thursday morning in Backyard Metropolis, he informed them he introduced “good tidings and pleasure for as soon as.”
Marshall shared his ideas and issues with hospital leaders, metropolis officers and neighborhood members at 7:30 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Hospital.
He touched on a number of topics, these of which included the current passing of the USMCA commerce settlement, Part 1 of the U.S.-China commerce deal and well being care.
Marshall, who represents District 1 in Kansas, praised the passing of the USMCA and U.S.-China settlement, saying the previous week was “probably the most consequential week in agriculture historical past in perhaps the final century.”
“Kansas agriculture by no means appears to get its due,” Marshall stated. “As agriculture goes, so goes Kansas. When our small, rural communities are struggling, it is normally associated to both oil costs, or cattle costs or wheat costs. It is simply that straightforward.”
Marshall stated Part 1 of the China settlement is essential to Kansas, particularly in relation to milo, corn and grain.
Talking particularly about how the USMCA commerce settlement impacts Backyard Metropolis residents, Marshall mirrored on working with ambassadors to assist break limitations on dairy put up by Canada.
A key ingredient of the commerce settlement, in line with the Workplace of the USA Commerce Consultant’s web site, is that the U.S. now has the chance to promote dairy merchandise in Canada.
With the USMCA commerce settlement already handed the Home and Senate, Marshall stated he thinks President Donald Trump ought to signal it this week or subsequent.
“I believe it would take three months for any individual in Backyard Metropolis to see all of it come on-line,” Marshall stated.
When requested how lengthy the settlement will final, Marshall stated probably in perpetuity.
“The final one lasted 25 years,” Marshall stated. “There are some items of it although that give us a possibility to assessment it each so a few years. There are some methods to get out of it. That is why I believe it is essential for generations to return, to know that these markets can be there.”
Marshall stated when he sat down with Trump final 12 months to debate well being care and changing the Reasonably priced Care Act, one key difficulty was caring for pre-exisiting circumstances.
“My very own spouse bought Crohn’s illness once we had been pregnant with our second little one,” Marshall stated. “She could have Crohn’s illness her complete life. After all I need to maintain folks with pre-exisiting circumstances.”
Empowering sufferers is a vital step, Marshall stated.
“We have to let sufferers be shoppers once more, and provides them extra decisions and encourage innovation,” Marshall stated. “One of many first steps is transparency, and the President has issued guidelines that he desires hospitals, medical doctors and insurance coverage corporations to be extra clear.”
Marshall stated he has tried to work on funding rural hospitals, and was profitable when he bought the wage index elevated.
For a hospital like Backyard Metropolis’s, Marshall stated reimbursement was manner down as a result of wage index.
“So Medicare may pay us for a joint substitute right here in Backyard Metropolis — I will make up a quantity — $15,000,” stated Marshall, who’s a licensed OB/GYN. “You get that very same joint carried out in Miami or New York Metropolis, they will pay them $30,000 or $40,000. I believe it should imply $250,000 to this hospital of elevated Medicare reimbursement this coming 12 months.”
Marshall additionally touched on the impeachment trial of Trump when requested about his ideas.
The impeachment trial kicked off earlier this week with the Democrats giving their opening argument.
“All over the place I am going, Kansans inform me ‘We’re sick and bored with the impeachment,’ ” Marshall stated. “Is there anything that may be stated that is not been stated? I listened to it for about 10 minutes and I did not hear something new. I examine 20 minutes value, I did not see something new. Anyway, I believe finish of subsequent week someday they’ll have the primary vote on whether or not to name witnesses or not, and I believe that is the top of it. I simply do not see the Senate calling extra witnesses.”
Whereas Marshall thinks the trial will come to a detailed subsequent week, he stated he believes Democrats will proceed hammering away till the November election.
“(The impeachment) has truly helped the President’s numbers,” Marshall stated. “I’ve by no means seen Republicans so emboldened and fired as much as shield this President. That interprets to folks voting. That is the place I believe the press is not making the connection.”