The Springfield News-Leader, in its Sunday edition, offered a thorough explanation of the effects the Medicaid cuts are going on to have on people and institutions throughout the Springfield area.
I would love to see that emulated by The Globe, the Daily, the Press, or maybe even some of the weeklies in the Joplin area.
Now is the time for newspapers (and it could also be done by broadcast media) to look into the burdens, if any, these cuts are going to place on social service agencies, hospitals, clinics, such institutions as Crosslines, The Salvation Army, Area Agency on Aging, etc., as well as the people themselves.
Will this turn out to be the savior of the state budget that Gov. Matt Blunt thinks it is, or will it turn out to be the economic nightmare that University of St. Louis researchers forecast several months ago? Perhaps the answer lies somewhere in-between.
Whatever it is, the media needs to get on top of this story and stay on top of it.