Missouri Chamber hires Kit Bond to assist in advocacy of Medicaid expansion

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has hired former U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond to help secure support from state lawmakers for a responsible approach to Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

“Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly are the ones that are the most hesitant about the expansion and there are few Republicans that are as respected as Sen. Bond,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO.

Sen. Bond is a well-known political name in Missouri, having served two terms as Missouri’s governor and four terms as a U.S. senator in Washington D.C.  During that time, Bond has been an active advocate for critical social services.  He has fought for funding for community health centers, expanding public housing and providing early childhood education.

Like the Missouri Chamber, Sen. Bond is not supportive of the Affordable Care Act in general.

“While I was and still am one of the loudest opponents of Obamacare, I’m getting involved in Medicaid reform now because if our State sits on the sidelines I’m concerned hospitals in rural and inner city Missouri won’t survive,” said Bond

When asked about his position on Medicaid, Mehan does not hesitate to express his dislike of the Affordable Care Act.

“We opposed Obamacare, and every day it seems like we see more and more problems with the law,” Mehan said. “But it is the law, it’s been upheld by the courts and it is not changing anytime soon. We need to make the most of the cards we’ve been dealt and do what we can to bring back to Missouri the millions of dollars our taxpayers are putting into it and use it as an opportunity to secure reforms to the system as well.  Until the overall law is changed, that is the only fiscally responsible thing we can do.”

According to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund, Missouri stands to lose $2.2 billion a year in federal money by 2022 if the state chooses not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The annual losses would actually be higher during the first years of the expansion because the federal government would pay all of the costs for the first three years.  

This entry was posted in Uncategorized by mochamber. Bookmark the permalink.

About mochamber

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands that the quality of life in our state depends on quality jobs for Missourians. To that end, we have one simple mission: to protect and advance Missouri business.

8 thoughts on “Missouri Chamber hires Kit Bond to assist in advocacy of Medicaid expansion

  1. Only go for electricians who have a clean reputation frdom their previous projects.
    Which means that the requirement for qualidied electricians are set to increase even further in the near future.
    Many people are earning handsome salaries from these jobs since there
    are plenty in number and the Bakken boom has got many people wanting to work there.

  2. Identifying the right service provider is important because this will have a bearing
    on the insurance claims that yoou may receive. “It is just another example of American government having its way with the people”.
    For instance you keep trying to reset a toilet, and can not get
    it to stop leaking.

  3. Hi there! This blog post could not be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!

    He constantly kept talking about this. I am going to forward
    this article to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have
    a great read. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Pingback: Business groups split on Medicaid expansion | Seattle/LocalHealthGuide

  5. Pingback: Between the lines of stockholder calls, refusing Medicaid expansion bad for hospitals’ balance sheets | Maine Center for Economic Policy Blog

  6. Hey! Quick queston that’s totally off topic.
    Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My site loos weird when browsing from mmy iphone4. I’m trying too find a theme oor pluggin that might
    bbe able to resolve this problem. If you have anyy suggestions,
    please share. Thanks!

  7. I will right away seize your rss as I can not find your email subscription link or e-newsletter service.
    Do you’ve any? Kindly let me understand in order that I could subscribe.
    Thanks.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s