Quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare is every Missourian’s right, but every year Missouri families must make increasingly-difficult decisions over how to allocate portions of the household budget to the rising cost of prescriptions and medical bills while still covering the basic living expenses.
At the same time, the Republican-led House has reduced our access to healthcare by leaving millions of federal dollars on the table meant for expanding healthcare access to Missourians. Their inaction has led to less-healthy communities, higher premiums for those with coverage, and the loss of hospitals and access to healthcare, especially in rural areas.
As a resilient cancer survivor, I support common-sense measures, like expanding Medicaid, so no Missourian is forced to choose between retaining a job, feeding his or her family or paying for housing and keeping health insurance or paying for medication or medical bills. A form of socialized medicine could be the answer.