Missouri’s Top Statewide Leaders Still Won’t Reveal If They’ll Use New Authority from GOP’s Senate Healthcare Overhaul to Gut Key Healthcare Protections or Not
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – On the heels of an independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office that’s showing how the GOP’s U.S. Senate healthcare overhaul would spike costs and gut healthcare for working Missourians, Governor Eric Greitens is finally breaking his silence, telling the Springfield News-Leader, through a spokesperson, that he’s “committed” to repealing current healthcare law.
Missouri’s Governor also clarified that he thinks the “right path forward is giving states” more authority. That’s exactly what the Congressional Budget Office says the GOP’s Senate Healthcare overhaul will do – leading to dramatic slashes in crucial treatments and making protections for pre-existing conditions essentially “meaningless,” according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.
In contrast to Eric Greitens, Missouri’s other top statewide officeholders – Lt. Governor Mike Parson and Attorney General Josh Hawley – have remained completely silent.
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber added, “With Governor Greitens saying he wants Republican officeholders in Jefferson City to have more authority over healthcare, it’s more crucial than ever before for Missourians to know if their top statewide officials – Eric Greitens, Mike Parson, and Josh Hawley – are planning to use the GOP’s disastrous healthcare overhaul to gut key protections or not.”