COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate on Wednesday voted in opposition to paying to broaden Medicaid as known as for by voters final yr.
The late-night Senate vote locked within the Home’s choice to refuse funding for this system, probably establishing a court docket battle with supporters of larger entry to well being care.
The vote divided Republicans and got here after hours of sometimes-heated debate.
A number of Republicans, together with the Senate price range chief, argued that increasing Medicaid would obligate the state to pay for an costly program that would imply an enormous monetary hit to the state’s price range sooner or later.
“I am sorry, when you’re a wholesome grownup, that you must get a job,” stated Manchester Republican Sen. Andrew Koenig, arguing that these newly eligible for Medicaid ought to as a substitute get employer-based medical insurance.
Democrats countered that many individuals who would get entry to Medicaid are already working a number of jobs however nonetheless cannot afford well being care.
“We have now a working class that can’t afford for-profit medical insurance, and I’m a kind of individuals, that could possibly be one sickness or one harm away from chapter,” St. Louis-area Democratic Sen. Brian Williams stated. “And people are individuals who go to work each single day.”
Some Republicans joined with Democrats in voting to pay to broaden this system. They argued that lawmakers are obligated to fulfil the desire of voters, who final yr expanded Medicaid protection eligibility to hundreds extra low-income adults.