Tuesday, April 24, 2012


MO Gov. Nixon Slips in $100Mil Obamacare Grant
Conservative Missouri Legislators are presently filibustering the budget to stop the $50 million expenditure on the computer system that would be used for the health insurance exchange. They are also filibustering the budget of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Ed because they are not complying with the statutes and intent of the legislature regarding a government, monopoly, cookie-cutter preschool rating system for both public, private and parochial preschools.
Our Conservative Missouri Legislators are determined to shut down the budget process until the ongoing problems are corrected.

From Carl Beardon, United for Missouri:

Somehow, HB2011 came out of the Senate Appropriations Committee with the Governor’s Amendment adding $50 million for “Medicaid computer upgrades,” which is really a cover-up for laying the groundwork for the Obama Insurance Exchange. Several of the committee members were surprised to find this line item in the bill and have vowed to fight it!
The Governor and his supporters deny that the $50 million – which includes the money from the aforementioned grant and actually totals $100 million over two years – has anything to do with establishing a health insurance exchange. Unfortunately, the facts contradict their statements.
The name of the grant is the “Health Insurance Exchange Establishment Grant.” Plain language shows not much “fuzz” on what the grant’s intent is meant to be.
There is no doubt that the state’s Medicaid computer system needs to be updated. But the answer is not taking Obamacare money to do it. I don’t know what kind of computer system costs $100 million, but it should last us at least as long as it takes to pay the Chinese back for it.

This grant was placed back in the bill by the chairman of the Senate Budget committee, 
Kurt Schaefer.
The Senate will be taking up the budget THIS WEEK. This is your opportunity to let them know you do not support taking any action to establish the Obamacare Insurance Exchange. Please contact Sen. Schaefer and let him know that the 71% of the voters rejected Obamacare and we are back to tell him to remove the $50 million Medicaid Enrollment System grant from the budget.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer
201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 420
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-3931
FAX: (573) 751-4320

NOT on our watch, Mr. Governor!

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