The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

February 12, 2013

Your View: Rigid ideology

JOPLIN, Mo. — In Rep. Tom Flanigan’s column in the Feb. 3 Globe regarding the question of Medicare expansion, he dismissed the wisdom of Gov. Jay Nixon, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and nearly all health care associations, including our local hospitals, by suggesting there is no “depth” to their argument and he mocks Gov. Nixon’s assertion that it’s “the right thing to do.” 

If we judge Flanigan’s editorial by depth, it would be measured as shallow. He dismisses the 31-page study of the University of Missouri that found enormous economic benefits from Medicaid expansion by arguing that the economic benefits come from borrowed money “and it will ultimately come from our residences and our businesses.”

He neglects to mention that over 90 percent of this money has already been taken from Missouri taxpayers through federal taxes.

The Medicaid expansion proposes to return this money to Missouri to provide low-income Missourians with decent health care. Flanigan obviously is against Obamacare and apparently not enthusiastic about Medicaid. But is this any reason to tell the federal government to keep over $8 billion (paid by Missourians) that would be returned to Missouri over the next six years?

Instead of helping low-income families in Missouri, it would be used to provide medical care in other states.

Flanigan may have ideological objections to Obamacare and using tax dollars to help poor families with their medical care. But we should ask whether his rigid ideology has overwhelmed his common sense.

I agree with Gov. Nixon, the business community, the medical community and the majority of Missourians: Medicaid expansion is a smart thing to do, and it is the right thing to do.  

Jordan Overstreet

Joplin

1
Text Only
Opinion
Local News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

Have you ever served as a volunteer for your state's conservation department?

A. Yes.
B. No.
     View Results
Facebook
NDN Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
Sports