LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Medicaid expansion will keep communities healthy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 | 1:17 p.m. CST

State Sen. Kurt Schaefer is pretending that expanding Medicaid would mean taking money from Missouri schools. Either he doesn’t understand the budget, or he thinks that Missouri residents don’t.

Sen. Schaefer, your constituents have seen the data. We know it’s a budget win to expand Medicaid. Don’t offer us the same old rhetoric of your political party. Voters in mid-Missouri need you to do the right thing.

Without Medicaid expansion, people will still get sick, and they will still need medical care. We will pay for it in our tax dollars and in our premium payments and co-pays.

Medicaid expansion will bring billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to our state. Currently, federal tax dollars are going to all of our neighbors. You can bring that money back to us. Medicaid expansion will keep our hospitals open, and it will keep our communities healthy.

Stop telling us expansion doesn’t make fiscal sense. On the contrary, it’s the only thing that does. Expand Medicaid. We can’t afford not to.

Alison Schwartz is a Columbia resident and recent MU graduate.

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