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Letter to the Editor: Regarding Amendment 2

“This war will someday be fought again, though perhaps in a different place and in a different manner.” – Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis, 1865.    

Proposed Amendment 2 on the upcoming ballot would keep tax monies for health care in Missouri rather than sending it to Washington, D.C., for distribution to other states. That’s according to the ads urging us to vote “yes” to keep the money at home.

This nation fought a war with itself over 150 years ago in which as many as 10% of American men, women and children were killed. One result of that war was to eliminate sovereign states’ rights in favor of a nationalized, centralized government. That control includes economics.

Amendment 2, according to the television ads, appears to contradict that. Is it, perhaps but a tiny example of Jefferson Davis’s prediction come true? States Rights? If the amendment passes it’ll be interesting to watch what happens in its wake.

Bob Arnold

(Editor’s note: Amendment 2, also known as the Medicaid Expansion Initiative, is on the Aug. 4 Primary Election ballot. Its ballot language reads as follows: 

Do you want to amend the Missouri Constitution to:

• adopt Medicaid Expansion for persons 19 to 64 years old with an income level at or below 133% of the federal poverty level, as set forth in the Affordable Care Act;

• prohibit placing greater or additional burdens on eligibility or enrollment standards, methodologies or practices on persons covered under Medicaid Expansion than on any other population eligible for Medicaid; and

• require state agencies to take all actions necessary to maximize federal financial participation in funding medical assistance under Medicaid Expansion?

State government entities are estimated to have one-time costs of approximately $6.4 million and an unknown annual net fiscal impact by 2026 ranging from increased costs of at least $200 million to savings of $1 billion. Local governments expect costs to decrease by an unknown amount.)

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