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YOUR URGENT ACTION REQUIRED - Stop the Medicaid Expansion!

 Big Government Spenders and Special Interests Ratcheting Up Pressure on Legislators

 

CLICK HERE to let your elected officials know you oppose the proposed Obamacare Medicaid expansion supported by Governor Nixon and big government spending special interests!

 

I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.- James Madison

 

When asked, Missouri voters have overwhelmingly rejected various aspects of Obamacare such as the individual mandate and bureaucratic establishment of a healthcare insurance exchange.  There is no doubt that if a vote to overturn Obamacare were placed on the ballot it would pass overwhelmingly!

 

Supporters of Obamacare and its associated big government spending are pulling out all the stops to convince the Missouri General Assembly to expand Medicaid in the state.  It’s bad policy, it won’t help those who proponents say it will help and it will increase Missouri’s share of the federal debt! CLICK HERE to act now.

 

The debate on whether the General Assembly should expand Medicaid is heating up.  The Governor and supporters of big government spending are crisscrossing the state, walking the halls of the capitol building and sending emails trying to make the case for expansion.  Unfortunately, most of what I hear them saying isn’t accurate.  The old adage “if sounds too good to be true it probably is” aptly applies here.

 

The “selling” points seem to be grouped into four main areas:

 

1.      The federal government will be funding it for “free” for the first few years.

  • False - It is not free it is our tax dollars and borrowed Chinese funds (40-46% borrowed). Missouri would not be adding almost $6 billion to the federal debt/deficit by rejecting expansion.

 

2.      Missouri’s Medicaid money will be spent in another state if we don’t’ take it.

  • False – Medicaid funding is primarily based on the number of recipients/services delivered. It’s not like highway funds that can simply be moved away from one state to another.  Any state will be reimbursed for their Medicaid program based on the recipients/services provided not on what money is available because another state did not expand Medicaid.

 

3.      Expansion will create jobs.

  • Unsupported – This is based on a study performed by the University of Missouri and a North Carolina company.  Similar studies performed in the past have proven completely inaccurate. Any jobs created by Medicaid expansion are really government jobs being paid for in the private sector by federal and state taxpayer money.

 

4.      Better healthcare outcomes will result when more people have access to government provided healthcare.

  • Unsupported – There is no reliable data available to support the statement. In fact, Oregon’s experience is that expansion results in nominal healthcare outcome improvements but with significant increase in healthcare facility utilization and costs.

 

Your immediate attention is required to prevent more government spending. Click Here!

 

The pressure is on your legislators to enact this big government expansion.  They have been bombarded by proponents supporting expansion.  They are receiving lots of visits from special interest groups and have been receiving a lot of signatures in support of expansion.  We need to let them know they are on the right track NOT TO expand Medicaid! CLICK HERE to act now.

 

One of the financial rating service, Moody’s, has downgraded Missouri’s outlook to negative on credit rating.  Why? Our extreme reliance on federal funds which will only get worse with Medicaid expansion putting our state’s credit rating in danger.

 

Implementing Medicaid expansion will not only exacerbate the reliance on federal funds but place the state at financial risk with no way to pay for the expansion WHEN the federal government changes the rules. Let there be no doubt they will change them at some point – they have in the past and absolutely no reason to think they won’t in the future!

 

But it’s not only the cost to state taxpayers of nearly $6 billion in federal funds (Moody’s warning) but the Kaiser Family Foundation projects it could cost the state anywhere from $1 - $3 billion of state funds through 2022.  Missouri taxpayers cannot afford to expand Medicaid. CLICK HERE to let your representative and senator know you OPPOSE Medicaid expansion.

 

Thank you for your activism. Grassroots soldiers have shown they are effective all across the state.  You have already been seeing the grassroots impact in statements from legislative leaders saying NO to expansion.  Without consistent support and backing, it will grow more and more difficult for them to continue to say NO! 

 

Now it is time to reinforce your NO vote to your legislators.  We must remain engaged to protect our liberties!

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Carl Bearden

Executive Director

United for Missouri

 

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