Big Government Missouri Hospital Association, KC Star & Post: “You Are Freeloaders!”

The opposition to Prop C is starting to disseminate their false propaganda on why you should vote no on Prop C.  If it weren’t so distasteful and misleading, it would almost be comical!

A recurring theme of opponents is that those of us in favor of Prop C want free government provided health care but don’t want to pay for it.  Herb Kuhn, President of the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) writes in a Letter to the Editor (LTE) that supporters of Prop C simply want free health care at others expense. He laments the “uninsured” costs that the hospitals absorb and pass on to those of us who have insurance.  I guess he is concerned about whether there will be three cranes or only two cranes on the next big building project.

What Mr. Kuhn and his big government allies like the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch don’t have a clue about is that the vast majority of those in favor of Prop C either pay cash or have insurance, will continue to buy insurance and don’t want “free” government health care or shift cost.  What we want is not to have government to tell us what insurance plan we are required to purchase! 

It’s apparent, and has been for some time with the entities like the MHA, KC Star, Post-Dispatch and others, that they don’t get the “Freedom”  part of the the Health Care Freedom Act!  In fact, these entities appear to believe there is no “freedom” without government assistance.

Mr Kuhn further demonstrates how out of touch MHA is when he writes in his LTE,  “There’s an old saying that “freedom isn’t free.” Proposition C could make it a lot cheaper for health insurance free riders. That’s a freedom they’ll be earning with your money.”  This coming from an organization whose members contribute to the rising health care costs by supporting government control of our health care system in exchange for more of OUR tax money. 

How dare the MHA claim supporters of Prop C are looking for a free ride given their cozy setup with OUR tax money! 

It is demeaning for the MHA to presume that supporters of Prop C want something for free. It is the supporters of Prop C who make MHA member hospitals money short of tax dollars.  We have insurance or we pay cash. 

Hospitals play a huge role in our communities and state.  However, when they engage in self-serving actions such as those represented by Mr. Kuhn’s LTE, it’s time that Prop C supporters consider reviewing their community hospitals and how they spend the money they provide to them via their business. 

Do their community hospitals use the money Prop C supporters provide for such things as MHA dues which in turn is used against OUR freedoms and best interest, or are they independent entities willing to buck the trend of “go along to get along”?  I know from personal experience that not all MHA members support all MHA positions.  It might be worthwhile asking your hospital president where he or she stands on this MHA position.

Prop C is simple, 

Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended to:

  • Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services? (emphasis added)
  • Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?

It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local governmental entities.  However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unknown.

If Mr. Kuhn, the MHA, KC Star and Post-Dispatch don’t like or think we have too much individual freedom that is their right. However, by falsely attacking Prop C supporters as freeloaders simply demonstrates the ignorance they have of the issue and the contempt they have for freedom and its supporters.

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