While the Kansas Legislature remains largely mired in gridlock because of unreasonable House and Senate leaders, real people suffer.

A bipartisan majority of legislators would pass the expansion of Kansas’ Medicaid program to offer health insurance to some 130,000 low-income Kansans — many of them parents and children. But Senate President Susan Wagle and Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman have stand in the way of a vote. They represent the worst of politics as they ban compromise.