The State of Missouri has decided, in its lack of wisdom, to make feeding tubes “optional” under Medicaid for poor people. This is class warfare in the truest sense of the term. If someone needs a feeding tube to survive, and if they can’t afford to pay for the services, refusing to provide the treatment under Medicaid will usually be a death sentence. Missouri is also cutting off pillows to prevent bed sores, respiratory support, and other forms of treatment that can be necessary to keep people comfortable (or alive). This editorial in the St. Louis Post Dispatch has it just right.
Governor Blunt: You pander to the biotech industry and the Stowers Institute with your promotion of human cloning, while you cut off necessary care for poor people. Shame on you.