Gov. Jay Nixon announced his full support for expanding the state’s Medicaid program, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that he contends will bolster the state’s economic fortunes and help poor Missourians get access to health care. But the Democratic governor’s advocacy could face a steep challenge in the Republican-led Missouri General Assembly, unless GOP legislators make an about face from their decision in 2005 to cut eligibility for the health-care program for the poor.
Supporters of a closer relationship between St. Louis city and county can take heart from a new survey. A poll of 700 voters taken at the beginning of September found that a strong majority thought some form of unification was worth exploring. Read Rachel Lippmann’s report for St. Louis Public Radio.
John Seigenthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center, spoke Thursday at a fundraiser for the Gateway Journalism Review. He believes “flash and trash” journalism on the internet is a threat to our First Amendment freedoms.
St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about Gov. Jay Nixon taking a stance on Medicaid expansion; GOP plans to cut taxes and St. Louis County’s LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.
Gov. Jay Nixon says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Missouri is both “the smart thing” and “the right thing to do.” Nixon announced his support for the expansion Thursday, saying it could provide health care coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians. Read the Associated Press report at St. Louis Public Radio.
The battle has been joined in Missouri over Medicaid with publication of a new study that says expansion of the program would bring billions in benefits. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., took a strong stand in favor of the measure on Wednesday and Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to highlight his support for Medicaid expansion today. Read the report from Robert Joiner and Rob Koenig in the St. Louis Beacon.
The guest on Wednesday’s St. Louis On The Air was Calvin Trillin. He’s a guest of top billin’. He talked with host Don Marsh. It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh. Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.
Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District deadlocked Wednesday on a report highly critical of the Missouri History Museum. Some of the strongest criticisms made during the board’s meeting were of the compensation for museum president Robert Archibald. Read Dale Singer’s report in the St. Louis Beacon.