- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
Medicaid cuts are now permanent
To the editor:In January 2006 I wrote to Gov. Matt Blunt concerning the Medicaid cuts he made.
He implied to me in an answer to my letter that those cuts would increase funding for Missouri schools. He also implied that Medicaid was social welfare.
I do not believe the governor can rightly compare elderly disabled adults and children to recipients of welfare. If they were able to work, they would.
Because of the cuts, 400,000 Missourians -- 55,000 being children -- are without health-care coverage.
The governor stated that too many people were on the program with no stable source of revenue to pay for it.
The governor gave back $1 billion to the federal government that could have been used for the Medicaid program.
The Bible states that there will always be the sick and poor among us and we should take care of them. That is the Christian way.
I read the 75 percent of Missourians want health coverage restored for those cut from the program, but the governor isn't listening.
The governor signed Senate Bill 577, the Missouri Health Net Law, on July 2.
Because of this law, the cuts the governor made in 2005 are permanent.
LINDA SANDERS, Jackson