When U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall spoke to constituents Thursday morning in Backyard Metropolis, he advised 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 latest passing of the USMCA commerce settlement, Section 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 “essentially the most consequential week in agriculture historical past in perhaps the final century.”
“Kansas agriculture by no means appears to get its due,” Marshall mentioned. “As agriculture goes, so goes Kansas. When our small, rural communities are struggling, it is often associated to both oil costs, or cattle costs or wheat costs. It is simply that straightforward.”
Marshall mentioned Section 1 of the China settlement is vital to Kansas, particularly relating 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 obstacles on dairy put up by Canada.
A key aspect of the commerce settlement, in response to the Workplace of america 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 mentioned he thinks President Donald Trump ought to signal it this week or subsequent.
“I believe it is going to take three months for any person in Backyard Metropolis to see all of it come on-line,” Marshall mentioned.
When requested how lengthy the settlement will final, Marshall mentioned probably in perpetuity.
“The final one lasted 25 years,” Marshall mentioned. “There are some items of it although that give us a possibility to overview it each so a few years. There are some methods to get out of it. That is why I believe it is vital for generations to come back, to know that these markets shall be there.”
Marshall mentioned when he sat down with Trump final yr to debate well being care and changing the Inexpensive Care Act, one key situation was taking good care of pre-exisiting situations.
“My very own spouse obtained Crohn’s illness after we have been pregnant with our second little one,” Marshall mentioned. “She may have Crohn’s illness her complete life. In fact I wish to deal with folks with pre-exisiting situations.”
Empowering sufferers is a vital step, Marshall mentioned.
“We have to let sufferers be customers once more, and provides them extra selections and encourage innovation,” Marshall mentioned. “One of many first steps is transparency, and the President has issued guidelines that he needs hospitals, docs and insurance coverage firms to be extra clear.”
Marshall mentioned he has tried to work on funding rural hospitals, and was profitable when he obtained the wage index elevated.
For a hospital like Backyard Metropolis’s, Marshall mentioned reimbursement was method down as a result of wage index.
“So Medicare may pay us for a joint alternative right here in Backyard Metropolis — I’ll make up a quantity — $15,000,” mentioned Marshall, who’s a licensed OB/GYN. “You get that very same joint accomplished in Miami or New York Metropolis, they will pay them $30,000 or $40,000. I believe it is going to imply $250,000 to this hospital of elevated Medicare reimbursement this coming yr.”
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 uninterested in the impeachment,’ ” Marshall mentioned. “Is there anything that may be mentioned that is not been mentioned? 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 are going to have the primary vote on whether or not to name witnesses or not, and I believe that is the tip of it. I simply do not see the Senate calling extra witnesses.”
Whereas Marshall thinks the trial will come to an in depth subsequent week, he mentioned he believes Democrats will proceed hammering away till the November election.
“(The impeachment) has truly helped the President’s numbers,” Marshall mentioned. “I’ve by no means seen Republicans so emboldened and fired as much as defend this President. That interprets to folks voting. That is the place I believe the press is not making the connection.”