A community is no healthier than the people who live in it. I believe in available health care for all us, and I believe that no one should go without basic health care for inability to pay. Sick people cannot go to work, and sick children do not grow up to be healthy citizens. I support and defend Medicaid coverage to all persons who cannot obtain health insurance through markets and the ACA.
Over the years that the Republican-led House left millions of federal dollars on the table rather than expand healthcare, we watched rural Missouri hospitals close. That is how Republicans should be known: The people who close hospitals, the people who don't want other people getting health care. Republicans prefer that a sick child go untreated than some "dead beat" get a prescription written - I am not one to punish the innocent on such obsessions.