We have another full month of endorsements before the Tuesday, August 4 primary election. This will be an important election, and we hope people are checking to see that their voter information is current with the local election authority and with the State of Missouri. Last week we endorsed Yinka Faleti for Missouri secretary of state, wanting an upgrade in our state’s highest election authority. We also endorsed Nicole Galloway for Missouri governor. Galloway has distinguished herself from the incumbent Republican governor in supporting Medicaid expansion, which Parson opposes. If we vote to pass Medicaid expansion — as Amendment 2 on the August 4 ballot — we will need Galloway in power to implement this crucial measure rather than stifle it, as Republicans are trying to do with other progressive ballot initiatives that have passed statewide.
Voting yes on Amendment 2 for Medicaid expansion in Missouri may be the single most important reason to go to the polls on August 4. We have posted and printed more than a dozen pieces arguing for Medicaid expansion, which the Republican-dominated Missouri Legislature refuses to do and which voters may now do themselves by passing Amendment 2. Advocates for Medicaid expansion argue that adding health coverage for more people through this mechanism is both ethical — health care should be a human right — and economical. Not only does the federal government absorb 90% of the cost through the Affordable Care Act, but expanding coverage also adds health care jobs, which would stimulate other job growth. Also, we are already paying for this in other ways. Federal taxes we pay are going to states that have expanded Medicaid but not to Missouri, and low-income people who can’t afford health coverage still, eventually, incur health care expenses that they can’t afford in the expensive emergency phase of treatable conditions.
Truly, the only argument against Medicaid expansion (Amendment 2 on the August 4 ballot) is the Republicans’ failed argument that health care is a private matter: You get what you pay for and let the market sort it out. Governor Parson, when he was still on the verge of being a COVID-19 denier, said there is not much that government can do about a virus. Now anyone except a pandemic denier should recognize that government must address public health as part of its core functions. Health is a public, not merely private, concern and health care is a critical public investment. We the people can lead the way toward making this essential change in the philosophy of government by voting YES ON AMENDMENT 2 TO EXPAND MEDICAID IN MISSOURI.