AFTER THE DUST SETTLES IN BRANSON, NIXON WEIGHS IN
Attorney General Jay Nixon said his position on the 2005 Medicaid cuts will offer the biggest difference between his candidacy and his Republican opponents, Kenny Hulshof and Sarah Steelman.
His comments come following the state Republican convention, held this weekend in Branson. “Over the course of this campaign, my opponents and I will disagree on a variety of issues. But Gov. Blunt’s health care cuts and the future of our state’s health care system may present the clearest contrast," said Nixon in a statement Monday.
A release from the Democratic candidate points to comments made by both Hulshof and Steelman at the convention. "Congressman Hulshof strongly reaffirmed his support for Gov. Blunt’s massive 2005 health care cuts, and even used it to generate applause and cheers from the crowd. Treasurer Steelman has also made it clear in recent weeks that she supports Blunt’s health care cuts," reads the release.
"Our health care system is broken, but instead of offering solutions to fix it, my opponents have embraced Matt Blunt’s massive cuts," Nixon said.
"While my opponents support Gov. Blunt’s health care cuts, I strongly oppose them. While my opponents want to continue with Gov. Blunt’s failed health care policies, I believe we need new, fresh ideas on health care. While my opponents seem perfectly content that 125,000 kids in our state don’t have health coverage, I believe we need to make sure these kids receive the health care they need. And while my opponents have no objection to recklessly allowing more than a $1 billion in federal health care dollars to go to other states, I know we need that money right here in Missouri," Nixon added.