JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Federal health reform law says the very poorest people will be covered by state’s expanding Medicaid. The governor wants to expand Medicaid to cover 300,000 more Missourians. The GOP leadership says the state can’t afford it even though the federal government would pick up 100 percent of the cost for the first three years. While many republicans are fiercely dug in against more Medicaid, some say it’s time to make a deal with the governor.
“We were elected by people back home to come up here and accomplish things and get things done. If that means working with a democrat governor and a republican legislature, that’s okay. That’s what we were sent up here to do.” said State Sen. Eric Schmitt – (R) St. Louis County.
“As usual, I think in the senate we’ll come up with some kind of compromise. We may not get everything I would like to have as a democrat, but I think there will be some sort of expansion on it.” said State Sen. Joe Keaveny – (D) St. Louis.
That’s the kind of bi-partisan talk that hasn’t been heard around here for years. But will it work with Medicaid, taxes, more money for education and creating jobs? We’ll see what the reaction is after the governor’s speech.