Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , September 18, 2013

In an attempt to illustrate the impact of losing federal Medicaid funding, the Missouri Hospital Association is using data linking the effects of poverty, poor health, and life expectancy in the state and making comparisons to rates in Third World countries.


The Problem with Missouri's Uninsured

When elected officials in Missouri decided last year against expanding their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, the Missouri Hospital Association commissioned a report detailing the economic impact of losing the estimated $1 billion each year in federal funding.

Unfortunately, using common sense to explain an obvious point didn't work.

Now the MHA is trying a new tactic: Shame.

Of course, MHA won't call it a shame campaign. They're much too smart to openly embarrass the state and federal lawmakers they're trying to win over. However, shame is clearly the theme that rings through in MHA's report linking the effects of poverty, poor health and life expectancy in Missouri and comparing them with those of Third World countries such as El Salvador, Vietnam, and Angola.

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2 comments on "Hospitals in Show-Me State Play the Shame Card"

R Daniel King (9/19/2013 at 12:56 PM)
Missouri Hospital Association is acting like the unions did in supporting ObamaCare that no one ever read. Today, the "shame" is on the unions because their membership is going pay and pay. Expanded Medicaid, like ObamaCare, is a dead program spending, taxing, regulating and cutting. Once the MHA membership witness the expanded control Medicaid has over hospitals and physicians they will change their tune like the unions have. We do know from decades of Hawaiian history that employer health insurance mandates can achieve three outcomes. First, a state can achieve 98% coverage. Second, the effort will destroy small businesses who survive by cutting full-time employees to part-time resulting in Hawaii's present 90% coverage. Third, that even with federal funds (QUEST program) to "share" in covering the cost of the chronically ill and hard to insure 2% of the population, the effort is unsustainable. ObamaCare along with expanded Medicaid are two dead programs subsidizing, taxing, regulating and destroying economies. The unions are just the first canary signaling the death of ObamaCare. The question is how many states are going to economically die with it?

Dr J (9/18/2013 at 4:25 PM)
The elected officials in the states that passed on billions of federal dollars will eventually have to answer for their decision... meanwhile the taxpayers in those states that rejected federal funds might take comfort in knowing that their federal tax dollars are being used to fund hospitals and healthcare for lower income people in all the other states who agreed to accept federal funds and expand Medicaid.




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