Missouri State Sen. Ed Emery to Voter: You Want Medicaid? Move to Oregon!

Categories: Politics

ed_emery.JPG
Facebook/Ed Emery
Emery's campaign slogan is "Leadership in the Right direction." (emphasis his)
It's not uncommon to dislike what our elected representatives tell us, but it is pretty rare to have them tell us to move to a different state if we don't agree wit them.

That's what the 31st district's state senator Ed Emery suggested to a constituent who asked him about Medicaid expansion in Missouri, a topic that has become as partisan as you can get here in the Show-Me state. As such, Republican politicians like Emery are blunt about where they stand, evidenced by a letter he wrote to one of his constituents.

In that letter, which was posted on Twitter Monday morning by Sean Nicholson, the executive director of Progress Missouri, Emery writes to a woman named Debbie Cole, who asked about Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

After a bit of pleasantries, Emery says that Medicaid "does not deliver on its promises. The Oregon Medicaid experiment what common sense would conclude - neither access nor health outcomes are improved."

See also: VIDEO: Jon Stewart Calls Out Missouri's Denial Of Medicaid Expansion, "Total Dickishness"

He continues in what sounds like the script for a campaign ad against Obamacre:

"Secondly, it has a significant negative impact on choice. Medicaid expansion represents a contraction of choice. The state, not the individual, decides what treatments can be provided and by whom. Individual liberty is important to me, and I understand my oath in office as a commitment to defend it."

After giving his philosophical opinion about the effects of Medicaid expansion, Emery suggests to Cole that other states might be better for what she is looking for.

"There are additional reasons why Medicaid expansion is wrong for Missouri that you may discover with further study. They will also become more obvious as those states who have taken that course will begin to experience the consequences. Nonetheless, an invaluable aspect of our federation of states is that each state is like a laboratory for government policies. We live in a nation and an era that facilitates physical moves between states. Individuals and families are free to consider moving to states with differing and even contrasting policies. That is the beauty of federalism."

See also: Church Group Prays Speaker Tim Jones Will Listen to Jesus, Not Special Interest Groups

So is the senator telling Cole to pack her bags if she wants health insurance?

"No, I'm not saying that at all," Emery tells Daily RFT. "I just don't like to give constituents an answer like 'I don't know' or 'I can't help you.' I try to make them understand the choices they have and let them know what their best options are."

See also: Beyonce, Ryan Gosling, Other Celeb Faces In Missouri Medicaid Expansion Campaign

He adds, "There are states that have expanded Medicaid and certainly if I wanted to live in a state that had Medicaid, I'd live there."

But Emery says that Cole's best bet would be to stay put.

"Her best option is to stay in Missouri where we do not have expanded Medicaid because in the long-run, it'll be a better option," he says.

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter:

E-mail him at Ray.Downs@RiverfrontTimes.com.

My Voice Nation Help
29 comments
goodnewsgoddess
goodnewsgoddess

@BuhByeGOP No, the better move is to vote Emery out of office and elect someone who actually cares about his/her constituents.

Ptsk
Ptsk

@BuhByeGOP First good idea I'ver heard from a rightwinger in I don't know how long

Jill Baugh
Jill Baugh

We have heard the Republicans' take on Obamacare repeatedly. Ed Emery was even able to hop out of his time machine long enough to tell the rest of us idiots we'll soon know what he knows about the future. Maybe RFT didn't cover the ins and outs of cost shifting because it has nothing to do with the point of the story. This isn't a debate on Medicaid expansion. This is outrage over an elected official, whose duty is to take care of the constituents who trusted him to be their voice in Jefferson City, and then once elected saying, "Don't question me because you're too stupid to know what I know and, hey, if you don't like it, don't let the door hit you on your way out of Missouri." THAT'S the story here. It may not offend those who agree with Ed Emery, but rest assured, you won't see eye to eye with your elected officials on every point and ask yourself if you'd think nothing of him/her speaking to you this way. It doesn't matter if the recipient of his letter was the biggest idiot alive and was 100% wrong. He is her representative in government and, like it or not, not all his constituents will agree with him on ANY issue. She is just as important as you, Mr Mansfield, and her tax dollars go in the same pot that your's do. The fact that the rest of us are taxed at exactly the same rate as you are is obviously foreign to you.

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

I know the idea of who's gonna pay for things might be foreign when we're just throwing stones at the letters we don't agree with But this is absolutely just transferring debt from the feds to the states States get a little incentive up front but then what? I like my state not being bankrupt And my medical choices not made by the government Not working out well for the VA currently is it?

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Medicaid and Medicare costs are gradually shifted from the federal government who I've paid all my life for said services to the states under obamacare With the rising costs it will put many states in the red... Didn't expect the RFT to cover that fact though

John Evans
John Evans

This is the twerp who said abortions cause illegal immigration. Because, you know, every aborted fetus was a lettuce picker we could've used.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Yet the farmers love their agricultural welfare subsidies

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Does that mean he will move as well when his time as a Senator is up and get his healthcare there too? There has to be an area in this fine state where these morons grow, we should napalm and nuke that entire area, fix the problem quite quickly.

Nicholas Reynolds
Nicholas Reynolds

When I die for not having health care, I'm gonna have one of my friends spray this guy down with my liquified remains from a supersoaker. Then he will be wearing his lifes work.

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

Missouri is going down the crapper. Vote them out and take down the Rush Limbaugh statue.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

You want me to vote for you? Stop saying stupid shit.

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

I would love to meet up with this smart ass.

Frank Mulholland Jr
Frank Mulholland Jr

GOP voters vote for these guys BECAUSE they have extreme and perverse views.

danny6114
danny6114

Emery's talking points brought to you by ALEC, Sinquefield and the Koch brothers!



David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Know the candidate before you vote. A lot of people just vote the party (in this case, GOP) without knowing they are voting for someone that might have extreme or perverse views. Look how many times Todd Akin was elected to office.

Mark Alan
Mark Alan

someone please explain why we STILL have Senators!

Eddie Gregs
Eddie Gregs

Welp let's make sure to vote this chode out of office

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

And the Loosiers (hoosier losers) in rural mizzourah will vote for this asshat. Which is exactly why we presently have a Dem governor wanting to expand it and a douchebag republican congress refusing to do so.

Carly Pownall
Carly Pownall

So its good enough for them, but not for Missouri? Wow.

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...