There’s a perilous battle in Missouri over the Republican dominated legislature’s failure to resume a crucial medical supplier tax that funds a significant portion of the state’s well being protection program for low-income residents. The failure prompted Missouri’s Republican Governor Mike Parson’s to threaten lawmakers that Medicaid price range cuts have been coming if they didn’t renew the tax.
Previous to this yr, 2021, the Missouri Common Meeting had by no means didn’t renew the tax throughout its common session.
The tax in query is collected from nursing houses, hospitals, and pharmacies “generating roughly $1.6 billion a yr” permitting the state to “usher in roughly $3 billion yearly in federal funding.” That $3 billion is returned to the services for offering therapy to low-income aged and disabled residents who’re enrolled within the state’s Medicaid program.
So, a sane cheap individual would possibly surprise: Why is the Republican dominated legislature holding up a essential tax threatening cuts to low-income individuals’s healthcare?
Clearly it could possibly’t be Missouri Democrats; Democrats all the time oppose chopping healthcare funding for anybody, a lot much less low-income aged and disabled individuals. There have to be one thing extraordinarily necessary to Republicans to threaten low earnings residents’ entry to essential healthcare moreover their typical disregard for dwelling, respiratory human beings.
If Democrats aren’t holding up renewing the tax, and the Republican Governor is demanding or not it’s renewed, the culprits must be Republicans with a nefarious motive. That is exactly the case.
Missouri Republicans, like most Republicans throughout America, are Hell bent on controlling ladies primarily based on their un-biblical embrace of a 1968 Papal encyclical. And if they’re unable to manage Missouri ladies, then low earnings aged and disabled residents can pay the value.
The holdup on renewing the tax is being led by Senators Paul Wieland and Bob Onder, each Republicans who’re unwilling to permit the renewal until there are bans on sure “synthetic” contraception strategies. And if they will’t ban Medicaid from overlaying these contraceptive measures, then there will likely be cuts to healthcare for low-income aged and disabled individuals. This is a hostage situation pushed by putting a religious objection over the well being and welfare of the aged and disabled.
The Republicans say they actually need to renew the tax, however provided that their hostage calls for to ban contraception are met. Missouri’s governor informed reporters final week:
“The clock’s ticking on us. If there’s not some kind of settlement the place we now have an answer, and it doesn’t occur earlier than July 1, there’s not going to be selections. We’re going to have to begin withholding [from the budget] July 1. “
The budget is sitting on the governor’s desk ready for Republicans to behave earlier than July 1, and it contains “elevated funding for houses for the developmentally disabled, larger Medicaid funds to nursing houses and expanded psychological well being companies.” However until Republicans get to ban protection for contraception, the price range will face vital cuts.
It’s noteworthy to say that the federal authorities requires states to cowl household planning companies, and it requires all insurance policy to cowl contraception. Nevertheless, Republicans bowing to the whims of evangelical malcontents, and a 1968 Catholic prohibition on unnatural contraception, couldn’t care much less what the federal authorities requires. They will punish low-income aged and disabled individuals if they’re prohibited from controlling ladies’s reproductive well being.
One Republican, Senator Eric Burlison, justified banning the contraception saying:
“You need to drive individuals who have an ethical objection to that, you need to drive them to have their taxpayer cash pay for it? That’s the query,”
There are two problems with Mr. Burlison’s assertion and each contain gross misinformation; or in road parlance he’s mendacity.
First, the tax in query is just not collected from taxpayers.That specific tax being held hostage on non secular grounds comes from hospitals, nursing houses, and pharmacies. And it’s returned to them from federal funding. It isn’t a burden on the taxpayers. Mr.Burlison is a Republican so it’s no revelation that he’s mendacity to justify holding healthcare for low earnings aged and disabled individuals hostage to control ladies’s reproductive well being.
Second, it isn’t a “ethical objection” from taxpayers. It is a spiritual objection from theocracy-driven Republicans who embrace a 1968 Catholic prohibition on what they regard as “unnatural” contraception.
Once more, as a result of Burlison is a Republican he’s lying. He gained’t say Republicans need to management ladies’s reproductive rights or selection on non secular grounds as a result of it’s a mainstay coverage of his non secular proper cohort. And people so-called individuals of religion have zero morals if they are willing to punish low earnings aged and disabled Missouri residents in the event that they are prohibited from enacting a 1968 Catholic prohibition on American ladies utilizing “unnatural” types of birth management.
What makes this hostage situation all of the extra disgusting is it has completely nothing to do with being “pro-life” or abortion. Nevertheless, it’s exactly the identical argument that allowed so-called non secular enterprise homeowners to withhold contraception from their workers’ insurance coverage protection within the case of Passion Foyer. They too are in thrall of an outdated Catholic man’s declare that utilizing “synthetic” contraception is tantamount to abortion, and due to this fact homicide.
What is occurring in Missouri – holding healthcare hostage to manage ladies’s reproductive rights – is occurring throughout the nation in Republican led states.
Only a few, if any, of those primarily Republican males are medical professionals by any measure. However they’re very completely satisfied to make healthcare and household planning selections for girls primarily based on an outdated Catholic man’s 1968 edict with no biblical foundation. And to make sure that they will legally control ladies’s reproductive rights and selections they’re threatening low earnings aged and disabled peoples’ well being and well-being. These males haven’t any morals – they’re Republican monsters forcing their non secular beliefs on their constituents.
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