Kansas Lawmaker Proposes Selling University of Kansas Hospital

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TOPEKA, Kan. — The University of Kansas Hospital might be put up for sale, if one Kansas legislator has his way.

During a nine-hour Kansas House debate on Tuesday, Rep. Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, proposed creating a study to look at the possibility of selling the Kansas City, Kansas, hospital. Suellentrop says that he wonders if it was appropriate for the state to be in the hospital business.

Critics, including fellow Republicans like House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, who said that it was not the right time to bring up the subject of selling the hospital, adding that it was never brought before the House Republican caucus for discussion.

Kansas City-area legislators, including Rep. Louis Ruiz of Kansas City, Kan., came out strongly against the proposal.

Under the proposal, the study would be done by the Budget Division of the Kansas State Department of Administration.

Following the criticism, Suellentrop later withdrew the recommendation for the study.

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