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Gov. Nixon urges action on Medicaid

Date: April 16, 2013
By: Ellie Coatar
State Capitol Bureau

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Governor Nixon held a rally to urge legislators to listen to the voices of Missourians and take action on Medicaid.
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Wrap: After no action was taken in the Missouri House on legislation to reform Medicaid, Governor Nixon spoke at a rally on the need to stand united on the issue.

Nixon says that making it easier for hundreds of thousands of working Missourians to obtain healthcare is the right thing to do.

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Description: "Strengthening Medicaid will allow these hard working Missourians to keep a job and their health coverage. You know it, I know it, deep down everybody here in the state Capitol knows it."

Governor Nixon urged over a thousand supporters to communicate with their elected representatives to take action.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar

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The halls of the Missouri state Capitol echoed with voices of support during a Medicaid rally.
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Wrap: Governor Nixon urged lawmakers to listen to the pleas of Missourians during a Medicaid rally at the state Capitol.

Columbia resident Brenda Procter says if the Missouri government takes care of people, they will pay their taxes and that will help all of us.

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Description: "I am here today to support Medicaid expansion because we have so many uninsured. We can cover 300,000 of them and it wouldn't cost our state a dime. And I think it is, kind of, political malpractice not to do that."

Nixon called for Missourians to contact their elected officials to take action on expanding Medicaid.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

Intro: 
Governor Jay Nixon spoke at a rally to urge legislators to expand Medicaid and create jobs.
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Wrap: Governor Nixon encouraged supporters Medicaid to make their voices heard during a rally at the state Capitol.

Nixon says opponents should support Medicaid expansion because it will create 24,000 jobs in the first year.

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Description: "That is why executives and educators, cops and clinicians, doctors and dentists in every corner of our state have come out in support of this common sense plan."

Nixon says making it easier for hundreds of thousands of Missourians to get healthcare is the right thing to do.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.

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As Medicaid supporters hold a thundering rally at the state Capitol, House Speaker Tim Jones says Missourians don't want Obamacare.
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Wrap: The halls of the state Capitol echoed with voices of Medicaid supporters at Governor Nixon's rally, but many of them say their Republican representatives avoided hearing their concerns.

But, Republican House Speaker Tim Jones says Missouri's choice to block Medicaid expansion was made clear in the last election. 

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Description: "In my opinion, a supermajority of Missourians, who I consider all of my constituents, do not want us to implement any form of Obamacare in this state."

Nixon says expanding Medicaid and making it easier for hundreds of thousands of Missourians to get healthcare is the right thing to do and he will continue to support the issue.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ellie Coatar.


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