Missouri Activists say Blunt Broke Promises

1 decade 11 months 1 day ago October 24, 2005 Oct 24, 2005 Monday, October 24 2005 Monday, October 24, 2005 1:45:30 PM CDT in News

A Missouri activist group says governor Matt Blunt broke his promise not to cut Medicaid. Blunt's spokespersons say it's just a misunderstanding.

The activist group Missourians For Health met at the capitol on behalf of disabled Missourians affected by Medicaid cuts. Activists say the cuts take necessary health care away from 100,000 Missouri residents including 20,000 children.

"Matt Blunt promised that Medicaid was a terrific program for the great resource of the people of this state. I took it as a promise that he would not cut the Medicaid programs," said Mike Griffin of Missourians For Health.

A spokesman for governor, Matt Blunt, says that the group's claims are just not credible, and that Medicaid cuts do not harm disabled Missouri children.

"Their claims are just outrageous. The governor didn't remove any children from Missouri's social welfare system. In fact, the budget that he signed preserved eligibility requirements as they have existed," said Spence Jackson, Governor Blunt's Communications Director.

Working disabled Missourians now have to pay for their own health care. Griffin says many disabled people can not work anymore because they can not afford these payments.

The Missourians for health say Matt Blunt promised not to cut Medicaid during a debate exactly one year ago.

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