Health Cuts Affect Education
Hickey is a member of the Missouri Citizen Education fund. He met with other child health care supporters from around the state to pass out his findings on tuition tax credit vouchers.
"They all do the same thing," Joni Smith, of AFT Missouri, said. "They take public tax money from our public schools and give them to private schools and religious schools."
"Unfortunately, what our report found is that 82 percent of the co-sponsors of this bill voted in 2005 to cut the Medicaid program, which led to tens and tens of thousands of children losing healthcare coverage," said Hickey, also of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition.
"As a union for teachers and public employees and paraprofessionals we're really concerned that these lawmakers are saying that they care deeply about our school children and that's why they want to have these school vouchers," Smith said. "But yet they didn't care enough to make sure they have adequate health care."
But Rep. Ed Robb, R-Columbia, said the group has other motives.
"I think it's silly," Robb said. "It's just a little political ploy to, they're trying to tie these two things together and obviously the two are unrelated."
Hickey said he wants children to be able to get the best education they can, and to do that children need to have proper health care.