New analysis reveals that the number of uninsured adults and children in Missouri would spike by 50% under the Republican healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As a new analysis is revealing that the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate would cause Missouri’s number of uninsured adults and children to spike by 50% and Vice President Mike Pence is calling for a “repeal only” if the bill fails to pass, the Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting that Missouri’s top statewide Republican officeholders have failed to provide Missourians answers on where they stand.
Despite the fact that either of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul plans would drastically hurt the health and financial security of older folks and working Missourians, Governor Eric Greitens, Lt. Governor Mike Parson, Attorney General Josh Hawley, Treasurer Eric Schmitt, and Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft have all declined to reveal where they stand on this issue. Missouri’s top GOP statewide officeholders have also all refused to publicly rule out a full repeal and commit to working together to improve the current law. Both approaches from Republicans in DC would have broad implications for healthcare in Missouri, including critical decisions that would have to be made at the state level on issues like protections for individuals with pre-existing health conditions and how to make up for major budget shortfalls.
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated: “It couldn’t be clearer that either of the Republican plans to gut healthcare would drastically hurt the health and financial security of older folks and working Missourians, yet Missouri’s top statewide GOP officeholders are still cowering to party loyalty and personal ambition. They need to speak out now to protect healthcare for Missourians.”
- A new analysis from the Urban Institute reveals that under the GOP’s healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate the number of uninsured adults and children in Missouri would be 50 percent higher, according to KCUR.
- A full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with no replacement, would devastate the economy and healthcare for working families and older folks in Missouri, eliminating protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, returning lifetime caps for health insurance coverage, allowing insurers to kick consumers off coverage if they become sick, and meaning kids would not all be able to stay on their parents’ plans, among other damaging and costly reversals.