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Dems walk out of Medicaid meeting

Date: November 13, 2013
By: Hanna Battah
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
Less than an hour after roll call in Missouri's Senate committee meeting on Medicaid, Democrats stormed out of the meeting.
RunTime:  0:44
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Acting unanimously, the Democrats walked out of Wednesday’s discussion, arguing the committee's report did not represent the testimonies heard in previous meetings.

Senator Joe Keaveny from St. Louis says the plan was too "short-sided" for excluding the governor's call to expand Medicaid eligibity.

Actuality:  KEAVS.WAV
Run Time:  00:18
Description: When I agreed to serve on this committee I thought that we were going to be focused on the big picture, on the elephant in the room, on the expansion of Medicaid and that's not something that we need to spend 15 minutes at the end of a 2 hour meeting to talk about.
 
The committe's final report is due to Senate leader Republican Tom Dempsey on December 15.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.

Intro: 
Democratic senators say the plan the senators in the committee hearing drafted Wednesday was too "short-sided."
RunTime:  0:43
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: After 5 meetings to revise Missouri's health care system, Democratic senators pleaded with the panel to add reccomendations to their plan which they say reflect the majority opinion of those who testified at the hearings.

Republican Senator Wayne Wallingford says he recognizes their request, but doesn't want it to be part of the official report. 

Actuality:  WALLING.WAV
Run Time:  00:14
Description: To me including this is more or less a footnote as you can read the report you can refer and see that there were other opinions expressed and they're not really addressed in the report but our collegues wanted them to be.
 
The committe's final report is due to Senate leader Republican Tom Dempsey on December 15.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hanna Battah.


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