Health Plan Meets Opposition

1 decade 8 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, January 18 2007 Jan 18, 2007 Thursday, January 18, 2007 5:16:46 PM CST January 18, 2007 in News

Opponents say this won't insure the uninsured, a task which some say should be the governor's primary goal.

Eighteen years ago, a car accident left Bob Pund paralyzed from the shoulders down. Now a spokesperson for medical rights, Pund doesn't want his injury to keep him out of work.  

"I would like to contribute to society, but until there are some health care reforms, real health care reforms, not just the fluff, I wouldn't be able to go back to work," he said.

By working, Pund would forfeit his Medicaid coverage, and wouldn't have health insurance. He suggested that Governor Blunt was on the wrong track with his health care home proposal.

"It shows that we have the wrong priorities in the state," said Pund. "It really sounds like it's not much substance."

Rep. Judy Baker (D), Columbia shared the skepticism held by Pund 

"I don't think that this finger in the dike type of thing is going to help us in the long run," said Baker. "

While Governor Blunt wants to put money into federally qualified health centers like one in Columbia, opponents say they don't want to see the money go into these centers; they want to see it go to uninsured Missourians.

In his announcement, Blunt said improving centers that serve as health care homes will benefit low-income Missourians who use the facilities.

"We can insure that providers have the most informed medical decision with their patient," he said.

Blunt's plan proposes 60 million dollars to these health care homes. He won't make his official, complete proposal for the new plan until his State of the State address next Wednesday.

The governor's office did not want to make a comment on this opposition.

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