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Count Missouri among the states that are perfectly okay with you getting sick and dying without health care if you're among the working poor.
Republican supermajorities have all but scuttled Medicaid expansion in Missouri, defeating — at least for this year — efforts supported by the Democratic governor to extend basic health coverage to an estimated 250,000 low-income state residents.

State lawmakers are set to finalize their annual budget this week, and neither chamber included expansion in their blueprints. They’ve opted to create committees to study the issue for the rest of the year and to report on the impact of expansion in early 2014, delaying any decision until after the Jan. 1 start date.

Because you need a committee to tell you that providing health care to a quarter of a million Missourians, with the federal government picking up the entire tab, is a good thing to do. Yeesh.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:49 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (29+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:49:46 PM PDT

  •  Anyone on the verge of dying should consider (7+ / 0-)

    doing so on the steps of the state legislature.

    It might not get their attention right away, but the news media would notice.

  •  Well, they nixed it here in Ohio a little while (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock, Rogneid, phonegery, Barton Funk

    back, despite Kasich actually being willing to take it.

    •  Was Kaisch acting like he was willing to (2+ / 0-)
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      phonegery, Barton Funk

      take it so as to improve his chances for reelection while knowing the legislature would block it?  We'll see if the $$ GOP manages a way to get around the fringe GOP they gerrymandered into office.

      “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

      by ahumbleopinion on Wed May 08, 2013 at 05:34:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  We don't know. (0+ / 0-)

        That is possible. The issue is that whether it would improve or decrease his chances at reelection is hard to calculate.

        Right now, the Ohio GOP is in full-on destruction mode, blowing up like that fertilizer factory in West, Texas. Almost every major figure in the Ohio GOP is feuding with some other major figure in the Ohio GOP. The Tea Party is pissed at everyone and is meeting to decide if they want to form a third party or work to primary the far right Republicans currently in office because they are not ideologically pure enough to suit them. Even the rightwing Columbus Dispatch has conceded the problem and written a "Republicans in disarray" story.

        http://www.dispatch.com/...

        Unfortunately for Kasich, the people most likely to support the expansion of Medicare are more likely to support the unequivocality of Democrat Ed FitzGerald, especially knowing that his party backs him totally on the issue. They're not likely to swing to Kasich on this one issue.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:40:35 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I think Braindead has effectively quashed medicaid (5+ / 0-)

    expansion in Iowa during his term as Governor.  He's favoring 'his' plan for the working poor.  Never mind the fact that 'his' plan would cover around 22k less people and cost 93 million more than what the federal plan would.

    •  that's just like here in WI (0+ / 0-)

      Walker is doing all these poor people a favor by taking away their dependency on government healthcare.

      now those people will just have to use the ER, which the taxpayers will pay for anyway.

      good ol' Scotty Just Knows that the government will never be able to pay for the Medicaid expansion. this reasoning is accepted without question by the Wisconsin media.

      Banking on the American people to be able to sort all this out and declare the adult in the room the winner is a very big bet. -Digby

      by Boogalord on Thu May 09, 2013 at 08:06:47 PM PDT

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  •  Because if you can't afford health care (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    alice kleeman, Blood, ArtemisBSG

    you clearly aren't worth keeping alive anyway.

  •  Just add Missouri to another state my body won't (1+ / 0-)
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    Annalize5

    live in.......

  •  On the upside, if you survive to next year, (0+ / 0-)

    then the Republicans might decide to help pay in the next legislative session?

  •  They're unfortunate they're not fetuses (1+ / 0-)
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    chrismorgan

    Then the Republicans would be passionate about saving their lives. I just bailed on Facebook a few minutes ago because of some rightie trying to tell me that fetuses are "life" that should be "protected" at all stages, and the woman's interests, beliefs, and desires should be disregarded.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:34:51 PM PDT

  •  Texas too. Paper says time ran out for Leg to (1+ / 0-)
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    Brooke In Seattle

    even approved just giving the money to ins. cos. for fraudule... er, crap ins. that won't cover much of anything.

    They call it the 'Texas way'.

    Like in West, Texas.  What could possibly go wrong?

  •  Most states will eventually accept this, there's (0+ / 0-)

    no real reason not to.

  •  When (if) the populace comes to its senses.. (1+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman

    ..it will stop this nonsense. A few angry crowds should do the trick. Sadly, I've concluded, it's the only way to stop them. Get their attention. Serious undivided attention.

    Otherwise this anti-science, anti-evidence, anti-math crowd will be the death of us. It already has, even.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:40:48 PM PDT

    •  Right now, I am just getting so pissed (2+ / 0-)
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      Annalize5, Blood

      at everything I am reading here, I want to go back to New Orleans and go off the grid for eight days again where pretty much the only news I got was courtesy of the Baton Rouge Advocate and concerned local issues and how tough things are getting for Piyush Jindal, whose national ambitions seem pretty much stymied.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:44:41 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is not surprising, sadly. (2+ / 0-)
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    khyber900, Blood

    We moved from St. Louis to Florida about 8 years ago and the racism there was almost as bad as it is down here and that's saying something. They'll vote for anything they think will keep "those people" from getting benefits. It's sad but it is the truth.

    ~War is Peace~Freedom is Slavery~Ignorance is Strength~ George Orwell "1984"

    by Kristina40 on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:42:58 PM PDT

  •  It is not even smart fiscal policy (3+ / 0-)
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    alice kleeman, Blood, Halfton81

    Because people not eligible for medicaid don't just disappear. They show up in the Emergency Department where they have to be treated, can't pay (because they are not wealthy, hence the medicaid eligibility) and thus shift costs to the rest of us; more costs then if we had covered them in the first place, not to mention the avoidance of unnecessary suffering.
    I really do think that Republicans live in this fantasy world where if they ignore the poor - indeed everyone not just like them - they will all magically disappear, leaving behind some pure white Jesus flavored utopia

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:48:51 PM PDT

  •  Medicaid needs to be Federalized... (6+ / 0-)

    we need to take this away from the States, they mismanage it, to the extent of hundreds of billions of dollars over the years.

    Next health care reform that should pass otta include a Medicare based public option, and rolling of Medicaid into Medicare.

  •  Because Republicans like nothing more (0+ / 0-)

    than showing they're (their?) assholes.

    The GOP can't win on ideas. They can only win by lying, cheating, and stealing. So they do.

    by psnyder on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:03:39 PM PDT

  •  This is what's wrong with states' rights (2+ / 0-)
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    pedmom, Blood

    I care about people in Missouri just as much as I do about people here in California. I have relatives in Missouri, as a matter of fact, but even if I didn't I'd still care. It really sucks that a bunch of podunk mofkers can make this kind of mean-assed decision after we finally get a half-decent national policy in place.

  •  Hey (2+ / 0-)
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    pedmom, Blood

    Y'know, Missouri residents might die from lack of health care. But at least our legislature was able to find the strength to protect us from the threat of UN Agenda 21 and sharia law.

    More grandstanding, stupidity and dishonesty.  And the people of MO keep voting for these jerks.

    •  And the people of MO keep voting for these jerks. (0+ / 0-)

      Says it all.

      Until this paradigm changes, expect the worst to keep getting worse.

      "I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. -- John Stuart Mill (March, 1866)

      by Blood on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:19:11 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  call them death panels (0+ / 0-)

    ye spineless democrats

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Thu May 09, 2013 at 07:20:36 PM PDT

  •  The day after (0+ / 0-)

    I sent in my Mom's Medicaid application for her. Under current laws, she should qualify, still, but you have to have nothing - I mean nothing - before they'll give you Medicaid coverage here.

  •  It is getting to the point that life in some of (0+ / 0-)

    these states that are participating in the GOP scorched earth plan for the US, is so rotten maybe it would be better to die. We know only the good die young, eventually there will only be bad people here, then "look out" here we come from the heavens (remember only the good are there) to take our revenge on you a**es that destroyed our beautiful country.

    "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medication to the dead." Thomas Paine

    by My two cents worth on Thu May 09, 2013 at 08:14:55 PM PDT

    •  From My Three Cents To My Two Cents (0+ / 0-)

      It saddens me to see so much pessimism here.

      I have a friend from Missouri. I sometimes kid him and deliberately mispronounce Missouri as "Misery".

      It can't be a total political wasteland there.

      It did, after all, elect a Democratic governor.

      A Nixon, ironically.

      Just as it was ironic that former confederate Arkansas elected a Lincoln to the Senate. Though she's left the Senate now, she went off to lucrative lobbyist heaven now.

      And Claire McCaskill DID get re-elected, after all.

      And four Missouri counties actually DID vote for Obama.

      Hey ..... it's a start.

      "Love Is Why We're Here"

      by Paniolo Joe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:52:29 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry, but pessimism seems to be my go to attitude (0+ / 0-)

        re: politics and the country's future right now.  However, when I am in Missouri and Kansas I forget all about that (have to or my uncle wouldn't make me homemade ice cream or let me stay at his house).  All of my extended family lives in those two states and when I think of them and visit with them it is actually possible to realize that not everyone is bat sh** crazy there.  And hey I turn out pretty well considering I was raised on the pesticides and religion of the area.  It probably did help that I moved away in junior high and have had the hindsight of nostalgia to temper my attitudes and cleanse my system of the pesticides. (I focus on the pesticides because of the high incidence of cancer, esp. brain cancer in the family that lived/lives back there)

        FWIW my pessimism is not confined to just Missouri, but runs over into most GOP/Tea Party atmospheres.

        "To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medication to the dead." Thomas Paine

        by My two cents worth on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:09:08 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Here's how to win the next election (0+ / 0-)

    To win the next election, identify those 250,000 voters, and send them a letter explaining that they don't have Medicaid, and exactly to thank for it.

  •  Right to life and/or care only extends to (0+ / 0-)

    controlling that which is within women's bodies.

  •  Love You, Joan. You're A Riot. (0+ / 0-)

    Joan, did you ever consider doing stand up comedy as a career ?

    "Because you need a committee to tell you that providing health care to a quarter of a million Missourians, with the federal government picking up the entire tab, is a good thing to do".

    "Love Is Why We're Here"

    by Paniolo Joe on Thu May 09, 2013 at 11:08:52 PM PDT

  •  Fuck ... Really, Missouri?? (1+ / 0-)
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    Halfton81

    I drove through Missouri from St. Louis to Joplin (on my Route 66 road trip) two years ago, and my overwhelming impression of the state was ... DEEP and DEPRESSING poverty!!

    Other folks on this site who are from Missouri (or at least know it better than I do) are in a better position to chime in, but I just felt my whole drive was (a) trailer homes, (b) evangelical churches, (c) gun shops and (d) porno places.

    In downtown Springfield, right in the central square was the State Department of Social Services -- next to a Covenant Church.  When you talk about poor people voting against their own economic interests because of cultural issues, my drive through Missouri was Exhibit A.

    So it's stories like these that make my blood boil.

  •  It took 27 years, from 1965, when the Medicaid law (0+ / 0-)

    was first passed, to 1982 to get Medicaid accepted by all US states. Arizona was the last to sign on. This new fight should be slightly easier, with the Feds picking up most of the tab and the AMA and hospitals on board. Better still, the Republican party could actually implode and vanish, like the Federalists of old, and we could have a new and less ironic Era of Good Feelings in which the policy debates will be between Democrats and Progressives.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri May 10, 2013 at 09:48:15 AM PDT

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