Thursday, June 19, 2014

Democratic candidates to address Medicaid expansion, job losses

(From Southwest Missouri Democrats)

Charles (Hugh) Shields candidate for the 161st and Micheal Jarrett candidate for the 163rd would like to make statements to the media on Saturday, June 21st at 10:30 am in the Golden Corral meeting room on 2415 S. Rangeline Road. Following the statement they will field questions.

The Press Conference will immediately follow a Candidate Forum hosted by Southwest Missouri Democrats that is set to run from 9 am to 10:30 am in the same location.

We sincerely regret the loss of 25 area jobs and will call for the Missouri House to follow Governor Nixon's advice and take up Medicaid Expansion in the next session.

Charles (Hugh) Shields explains "from both humanitarian and economic points of view, the refusal to bring in Medicaid expansion is just plain mean and irresponsible; it is also bad economics for Missouri".

Michael Jarrett adds "This policy is vital in Missouri. If we accept Medicaid expansion, more of our working poor will have access to health care. To put it bluntly, when you are sick with no hope of treatment, it is hard to work and keep your job. Continued lack of access to health care leads to higher health care costs and to more people with work limitations and disabilities. Also all studies about Medicaid Expansion in Missouri show that it would greatly benefit our economy".

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