Former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and his wife Linda talk to reporters at an event Monday at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Bond was hired by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce to press for Medicaid expansion.
He didn’t succeed. Despite the attempts of several Republicans in the House and Senate to pass some form of expansion this year, Bond told St. Louis Public Radio on Monday that “we were just a few filibustering senators short of getting it done.”
Supporters of Medicaid expansion in Missouri continue to work on swaying opponents in the General Assembly over to their side. While it appears they have a long way to go, and the clock is ticking on the legislative session, some key advocates say they may be close to turning the tide, at least when it comes to a scaled-back expansion that would be paired with reforms.
Former U.S. Sen.Kit Bond paid a visit to Jefferson City Tuesday, hoping to persuade his fellow Republicans in the Missouri House and Senate to expand Medicaid coverage to more people.
Bond told a gathering of Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry members that he doesn't like Obamacare, and he called its rollout a "disaster." But he also said that accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid could enable Missouri to craft its own health-care solution.
Retired U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., is jumping into the Jefferson City debate over Medicaid expansion – and he’s on the side of Gov. Jay Nixon and other expansion supporters.
Bond, a former two-term governor, has been hired as a lobbyist by the Missouri Chamber to try to persuade fellow Republicans in the General Assembly to drop their opposition and agree to take the federal aid which would cover all the expansion’s costs for three years and at least 90 percent thereafter.
Earlier this month, Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders wrapped up a trade mission to China. The trip was designed, in part, to revive the so-called China Hub project.
Members of the Midwest-China Hub Commission and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics signed an agreement in Shanghai to pursue expanding trade between the U.S. and China, and in particular adding new airfreight routes between the Asian nation and St. Louis.
Several prominent Republicans responded to speeches given at the Democratic National Convention. Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway accused Democratic leaders of stereotyping the issues women care about.
Hanaway said women are concerned with the big issue affecting every American: the economy. This week, the DNC has featured several prominent women speaking about access to birth control and health care. Hanaway says the biggest concern for women is whether or not their children will be better off.
Akin continues to dismiss Republican pleas to withdraw from Senate race
In an interview on NBC’s Today show, embattled Representative Todd Akin confirmed that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called him to personally plea that he step aside in the wake of the searing controversy surrounding his comments about abortion. Akin says he told Ryan that he was thinking things over and wants to “do the right thing.”
He may be retired, but former Senator Kit Bond still has connections across the world. A new venture Bond launched Tuesday will be looking for ways to use those connections to help Missouri businesses.
The first effort for Kit Bond Strategies is a trade mission to Indonesia for the World Trade Center St. Louis.