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  • Lake view: GOP strategy with jobs, Medical coverage

  • Between Right to Work for less laws, Union busting, reducing pensions of government workers and the refusal to increase the minimum wage, their intentions are clear.
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  • Thoughts when cabin fever was at it's worst: The Republicans actually do have a jobs plan.
    Between Right to Work for less laws, Union busting, reducing pensions of government workers and the refusal to increase the minimum wage, their intentions are clear.
    They will reduce wages in this country to the level that the Chinese will be shifting production to the U.S. where productivity is much higher.
    We have already seen Mexican workers in this country returning to Mexico on their own to find better jobs, so it is clear the Republican plan is working.
    The problem is I'm reminded of a line from an old song "St. Peter don't you call me cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the company store."
    It was bad enough our legislature refused to expand our Medicaid program at federal expense. Now we are forfeiting millions of dollars available from the tobacco settlement.
    How can our legislature not understand that we are already paying 100 percent of the medical costs for the 300,000 people who are uninsured and currently not eligible for the Medicaid program?
    We are currently paying for their care through higher medical costs and insurance premiums.
    Even worse is that 80,000 of those who would be covered are children. Without proper medical care at an early age, some of these children will develop chronic conditions such as diabetes which will require treatment far into the future.
    It would only take a bill in the legislature to remove the exception for independent tobacco companies to enable Missouri to get their full share of the tobacco settlement money.
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