Missouri Still Forbids Free Health Care from Outside the State

Protectionism trumps the needs of patients.

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Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville, sponsor of the bill, said he knows plenty of retired physicians who’d love to donate their time and expertise.

“But right now they would have to have medical liability malpractice insurance, so it’s just not feasible for, especially a retired physician, to pay thousands of dollars [to provide free care],” he said.

Sater, a pharmacist by trade, said he will soon assess whether a veto override is possible.

“Evidently the governor still favors litigation rather than trying to help people with their medical care,” he said. “And I find that very interesting since he has gone around the state promoting Medicaid expansion, but yet he feels just the opposite on a bill like mine which would increase care to thousands of people throughout the state.”

Perhaps Nixon should visit an event in East St. Louis, Ill., RAM plans to hold later this year.

“If the governor wanted to talk to us about it, I’d be very happy to go and see him because the need is so tremendous,” Brock said.

This article originally appeared at Watchdog.org.

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  • Ted S.||

    But it's the libertarians who have no empathy.

  • Juice||

    Your comment reminds me of someone telling me that there was some local government program that tried to help the elderly who can't pay property tax so they won't be thrown out of their houses. That was an example of the government helping people, and libertarians aren't lining up to help these people pay more property tax so it's the government that's empathetic and not those selfish libertarians.

  • Bean Counter||

    I am 65 years old and live in a county with just such a program. Even though my wife and I still work full time and make over 80K, we are eligible for half off our property tax. A young couple trying to raise 3 kids on half our income is NOT eligible. Thus, in the name of compassion, a relatively prosperous couple is subsidized by a couple fighting to stay above the poverty line. That's REAL compassionate.

  • Agammamon||

    Yeah, well those young ingrates don't vote no do they.

    Its like the lottery says - you can't win if you don't play.

  • some guy||

    The problem is that politicians have too much empathy, see? They have so much empathy that they can't just let anyone provide medical care to the needy. They know the needy are willing to wait for the best medical care, no matter how long it takes to get or how much it costs.

  • Almanian!||

    The government sometimes loves us too much, and crushes us, like a child crushing his pet chicken so it stays small.

    All your needs are belong to us.

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    You know, I had a little friend once— but he don't move no more!

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    Dude has no idea whats going on man.

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  • Doctor Whom||

    This blatant example of market failure shows the need for more government involvement in health care.

  • ||

    Wow, that's twisted. Have lived in MO nearly all my life and had no idea this was going on.

  • John Galt||

    Pesky Republican messing with Missouri's medieval medical guild system.

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    Protectionism for volunteer???
    WTF?

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    "volunteers"

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