Fact Checking Washington

Setting the record straight

"The level of misinformation from the Roberts camp … reeks of a campaign in the throes of fearful desperation.” –Hutchinson News

Senator Pat Roberts is part of a broken system in Washington that allows career politicians to do nothing in Congress, then engage in personal attacks during a campaign so they can continue doing nothing. It’s time to fix Washington’s broken system by pushing back with facts.

GET THE FACTS: GREG’S BEEN CLEAR ABOUT HIS OPPOSITION TO OBAMACARE

Roberts’ false claims on this have been refuted by fact checking reporters. The claim in Roberts’ commercial is actually refuted by the very article he cites in the ad.

The fact is, Greg would have voted no on Obamacare. When the Massachusetts Senate race became a referendum on Obamacare in 2012, Greg contributed $2,000 to Scott Brown, who pledged to be the deciding vote against the ACA.

Here is what Greg has said on the issue:

"We had a national crisis in health care before the Affordable Care Act passed, and that crisis still exists today. But instead of playing political games with this issue as Republicans and Democrats in Congress have done, I believe we need to focus on what Washington can actually do to ensure that healthcare is affordable for all Americans.

It’s clear that with the Affordable Care Act the Congress simply expanded a broken system, one that rewards providers for more tests and procedures rather than for better outcomes for individuals. We have to change that way of thinking, alter the incentives to providers to reward quality not quantity of care, and ensure that our government as the largest purchaser of healthcare in the country is prudent with the dollars it spends."


GET THE FACTS: GREG ORMAN IS AN INDEPENDENT, AND WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR KANSAS

Greg has been very clear about this: If one party is in the majority, Greg will seek to caucus with that party as it would be in the best interests of the state of Kansas. If neither party has a majority, Greg believes Kansas would be in a good position to help set the course of the country and promote a bi-partisan, problem solving agenda. This is an opportunity for Kansas.

It’s important to note that Greg has been clear and consistent about this, both during the debate and since he joined the race, and we have an explanation of his position from him on our website. Nothing has changed about this.

As far as who the next Majority Leader is, Greg has said that he will not vote for Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell  because they've both been too aggressively partisan for far too long, and – like Senator Roberts – are part of the problem in Washington.

Greg's first and only allegiance is to the people of Kansas -- not a political party -- so should the caucus he joins fall into bad behavior, he will represent the people of Kansas appropriately and vote on the merits of the legislation instead of how party bosses demand. Greg will always seek common sense solutions while maintaining his independence.


GET THE FACTS: GREG HAS A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN BUSINESS – SOLVING PROBLEMS, BUILDING COMPANIES, AND CREATING JOBS

Greg is the only candidate in this race who has a real record of private sector job creation. And as a businessman, he's had to deal with many of the problems that most of the folks in Washington only talk about. He's had to deal with rising healthcare costs, balancing budgets, and the impact of new regulations. Running a business is about solving problems every day.

Greg spent his teenage years working in the warehouse at the store, earning his first paycheck at 13.  It was working at his father’s store when Greg learned that successful businesses take care of their employees, develop efficient, practical solutions to problems, and know when to take new directions. Those are the values—Kansas values—that Greg will bring to the U.S. Senate.

Greg started his first business, Environmental Lighting Concepts, a year after graduating from college, while working for McKinsey as a business consultant. From 1992 until 1996, Greg served as CEO of Environmental Lighting Concepts, growing the firm and creating jobs. In 1996, the company was sold to Kansas City Power & Light, and Greg became president of KLT Energy Services. While there, he co-founded Nationwide Electric, Inc., and completed the acquisition of Strategic Energy LTD. He grew the company’s business tenfold to almost a billion dollars in revenue. In 2000, he became President and CEO of KLT, Inc., which managed KCPL’s non-regulated business ventures (like telecommunications, natural gas, and retail energy). In 2002, he became Vice President for Corporate Development and Strategic Planning for Great Plains Energy, a holding company for KCPL, Great Plains Power, and KLT. 

In 2004, Greg co-founded Denali Partners, LLC, and has been working to provide capital and management services to help small businesses grow since then.


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