Another Viewpoint: Fellow Legislator Describes Danger of Medicaid Expansion
During my time in the Missouri Senate, I’ve talked about the need for reducing the seemingly unchecked growth of the welfare state, especially regarding the push for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It should be noted that the Missouri people have overwhelmingly rejected the federal government’s attempt at interfering with private healthcare during the 2010 elections. They realize that greater dependency on Washington is not the answer.
One of my fellow legislators, Sen. Rob Schaaf of St. Joseph, eloquently described the problem in a recent editorial that is reprinted below almost verbatim:
“I regret that our children must endure the economic collapse that will come from federal spending and Fed money printing. After it happens, I sincerely hope the true problem is finally realized and permanently stopped; it is the welfare state and its failed mission to achieve social justice through wealth redistribution.
“We have reached a tipping point in which takers outnumber producers. When the fruit of a man’s labor is taken and given to another who could work, the worker’s will to succeed is destroyed. And why should a person work when government will provide? Welfare enslaves the recipients as much as the workers. Once a majority realizes they can raid the treasury and avoid working, the country is doomed. This cycle has been witnessed throughout history now and again, across the world. It cannot end well.
“The hyperinflation that will come whenever the house of cards does finally fall will destroy the wealth of everyone. It will be especially hard on the poor, much worse than denying them more welfare. I doubt we can avert the coming financial crisis, but I know expanding welfare through Medicaid is exactly the wrong thing to do.”
The expansion of Medicaid is bad for Missouri, it’s bad for our country, and it’s bad for the people. I hope fellow legislators like Sen. Schaaf will continue to stand on the side of the American people as we continue fighting against this repugnant government overreach.
I appreciate you reading this legislative report, and please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and God bless.