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Another Viewpoint: Fellow Legislator Describes Danger of Medicaid Expansion

Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Capitol Reports, Recent | 2 comments

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.

2 Comments

  1. Mr. Emery – I could not disagree more with this article. The reason we have “unchecked growth of the wellfare state” is due to an increased number of Missourians falling into poverty. And the only way to reverse this trend is to improve the lives of the poor. The republican solution to cut spending does not address the root problems but only transfers the liability/costs to other entities (i.e. charities). And as per usual, Mr. Schaaf’s article is full of critical langauge of welfare receipients as being lazy and unwilling to work. I can share plenty of stories of hardworking Missourians that have simply fallen on hard times via long-term unemployment, catastrpohic medical issues, children born with disabilities that require a lifetime of expensive treatments, etc. Do we not have a duty as Christians to help those in need?
    On a related note, I assume you do not support reducing the out of control federal spending program known as National Security? I am always amused when republicans are so passionate of their distrust of “big government” but yet they freely allow the Pentagon to spend hundreds of billions annually without blinking an eye. We spend virtually the same as all other countries on Earth COMBINED! In my opinion much of this spedning is unnecessary and represents a quasi jobs program and corporate wellfare.

  2. Dear Mr. Boyd,

    Thank you for your comments. You are correct in your assertions that the solution to poverty is prosperity and that not everyone on welfare wants to be. There are fundamentals of any disease, however, that underlie and surpass the symptoms. Often the differences of opinion about welfare stem from the conflict between treating symptoms and curing the disease. There are a number of excellent books that address this dichotomy including “The Law,” “The 5000 Year Leap,” “Road to Serfdom,” “Democracy in America,” and “The Myth of the Robber Barons.” An accurate reflection of history confirms that personal liberty and economic freedom are critical building blocks of prosperity. I think you will be hard pressed to find any evidence that government welfare programs produce prosperity. There is greater evidence that they accommodate poverty, seemingly confirmed by the development of an increasing number of multi-generation welfare dependent families. The question is not whether there are families in need – there are and always will be. The question should be how best to grow them out of need. Greater dependency has not proven to be the answer. Another good resource to consider in combating poverty is the “True Charity Initiative” out of Joplin, MO. They probably have a helpful website.

    I think, as do you, that as Christians we have a personal obligation to those less fortunate. However, the State is not a Christian, nor is every taxpayer. The State will not stand at the judgment, individuals will. To impose Christian virtues on the State is both impossible and naive. For one thing, it has no money with which it can truly be charitable because it has none it did not first take from someone else. The State does not generate wealth, it consumes the wealth of individuals, thereby leaving them less equipped to be charitable.

    Regarding out-of-control federal spending, it is largely driven by those programs which make individuals and families more dependent. You can completely eliminate military spending and only eliminate about 17% of the federal budget. That may be too much, but it is not driving the budget deficit.

    I cannot tell if you are my constituent or not, but either way, I appreciate you taking the time to involve yourself in the political process and all you do to fulfill your Christian duties to the community.

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