Gov. Matt Blunt, Rep. Ryan Silvey from the 38th District in Clay County and the state Republican leadership have taken Missouri in the wrong direction on health care.
In 2005, the governor cut coverage and services for more than 400,000 Missourians. There are now 127,000 kids in Missouri without health insurance. As Gov. Blunt’s poll numbers continue to slide, he and other Republicans have been unable and unwilling to fix this mistake.
A new report released by Families USA details the failures of Gov. Blunt’s new plan, “Insure Missouri.” This new program does not even come close to undoing the damage done. Nor does it restore coverage and services for all of the people hurt by these cuts.
More than 1,071 children have lost coverage in Clay County since Rep. Silvey voted for Gov. Blunt’s Medicaid cuts.
Expanding health care should be the priority in Jefferson City. We want real health-care reform that guarantees quality affordable health coverage for every Missourian.
The basic coverage and services that were cut in 2005 should be restored.
It is time to take Missouri and health care in a new direction. All of our children deserve coverage.
Joshua L. Reed
Democratic candidate, 38th District Missouri House of Representatives
After listening to Gov. Matt Blunt’s State of the State speech (1/16, A-1, “Blunt touts his achievements in state address”) many words came to mind. Words like egocentric, misleading and delusional.
The so-called surplus he bragged about came on the backs of tens of thousands of elderly and disabled, men, women and children who lost their health care.
The misleading title of his “Insure Missouri” health -care initiative should be changed to “Insure Just a Few Missourians Who are Able to Work.”
Please read the report at www.familiesusa.org titled “Insure Missouri: Too Little, Too Late.”
Anything Matt Blunt does to improve health-care coverage barely repairs the damage he inflicted upon it by his discriminatory decisions against the most vulnerable citizens of Missouri.
Let us not let the Republican-controlled House and Senate off the hook either, because they were instrumental in approving Blunt’s total disregard for Missouri’s interests.
Speaker Rod Jetton and the other puppets of the governor should be ashamed of every standing ovation they gave him. Obviously they were all given the “Kool-Aid” before the speech.
We must stop Gov. Blunt from using us as stepping stones on his way to a federal position where he can inflict more damage to the entire country.
Richard G. Green