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Working Missourians like Anita aren’t looking for a handout. They just want to get a checkup without wiping out their bank account.

I challenge each one of you to think of any other bill that would make this kind of real and immediate difference - the kind of difference Medicaid expansion would make - in the lives of the people we represent.

I challenge each of you to consider how history will judge those who had the power to help people like Anita - and chose not to.

I challenge each of you to explain why it makes more sense to pay for Medicaid in other states, than it does to reform it in ours.

The path before us is clear:

We can make sure working folks can access affordable health care coverage.

We can improve and reform Medicaid in Missouri.

We can help people.

As the book of Isaiah says: “If you satisfy.. the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.”

At this time last year, the same Medicaid debate was taking place in state capitols across the country.

And since that time, we’ve seen Governors and legislators, Democrats and Republicans, in other states, come together to reform their health care systems. But here in Missouri we stood still. And now we’ve fallen behind.

This year, Missouri is paying the cost.

This year, Missourians are suffering the consequences.

I look forward to working with all of you to bring affordable health coverage to working families in Missouri and reform Medicaid the Missouri way.

One year ago, many of us gathered in St. Louis to mourn the loss of an icon - Missouri’s adopted son, Stan Musial.

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