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  • Letter to the editor: Senators aren’t using math in vow to block Medicaid

  • The Wednesday edition of the paper contained an article from AP exposing the fact that five Mo. state Senators (Sen. J. Lamping - St. Louis, B. Lager - Savannah, K. Schaefer - Columbia, D. Brown - Rolla and E. Emery - Lamar) vowed to block Medicaid expansion in Missouri.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to an Associated Press article titled “Mo. GOP senators vow to block Medicaid expansion” published in the Wednesday, March 26 Lake Sun.
     
    The Wednesday edition of the paper  contained an article from AP exposing the fact that five Mo. state Senators (Sen. J. Lamping - St. Louis, B. Lager - Savannah, K. Schaefer - Columbia, D. Brown - Rolla and E. Emery - Lamar) vowed to block Medicaid expansion in Missouri.
    Needless to say they are all Republicans.
    I did very well in Algebra, Geometry and Calculus in high school and probabilities in College.
    I will admit I had some trouble trying to help my grandkids with the new math, but I was always able to get the right answer.
    I find myself completely baffled by whatever math, if any, the infamous five cited above are using to try to justify their vow to resort to any means, including a filibuster, to prevent those 300,000 citizens from being enrolled in expanded Medicaid..
    Currently those citizens being denied are forced to resort to hospital ERs for treatment. This is the most expensive healthcare venue. 
    The citizens of this state are paying virtually 100 percent of these costs.
    Under the Medicaid expansion, these people would have access to physicians for routine care, which would reduce the over all cost for their care. The best part is that for two years the federal Government would pay 100 percent of those costs. After that the state would be required to pay 10 percent.
    Even if that percentage increased over time, it could never exceed the 100 percent we are paying now.
    I would suggest to the voters in those districts "served" by the five listed above, is this the kind of representation you want and deserve ?
    Estimates range from 45,000 to 70,000 as to the number of people in this country who die each year from a lack of medical care. In this great country, how long will we let this go on?

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