Missouri Health Care for All

Billy Long
Scott Harvey / KSMU

By a narrow margin, the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday approved a measure that would do away with many provisions of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

The Republican-drafted bill passed 217-213, and now moves to the Senate.

Rep. Billy Long is one of those supporters. His vote Thursday comes just two days after the Republican from southwest Missouri said he was against the measure.

Submitted Photo / Missouri Healthcare for All

Frustrated by the lack of opportunity to speak face to face with their senator, hundreds brought a town hall meeting to Republican Roy Blunt Saturday as the GOP’s annual Lincoln Days event kicked off in Springfield.

The “street town hall,” during which protestors lined John Q. Hammons Parkway for roughly two hours holding signs and chanting, was organized by Crystal Brigman Mahaney with Missouri Healthcare for All.

In a news release, the organization said about 300 people attended. But Sen. Blunt, who was said to be invited to the event, did not.

Jennifer Moore

Hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order indicating that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is imminent. A repeal could mean different things to those living in cities and those in rural areas. 

To see how a repeal of the ACA could affect Missouri’s poorest and sickest counties, I took a little road trip.

The Good Samaritan Clinic in Mountain View, Missouri sits a two-hour, straight shot east of Springfield on Highway 60.

Michele Skalicky

About 25 people stood at the southeast corner of National and Sunshine today holding signs such as “Honk for Healthcare” and “Don’t Take Away our Care.” 

The U.S. Senate voted January 12 to pass a budget resolution intended to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act.

The so-called “rush hour rally” was sponsored by Missouri Health Care for All.  Crystal Brigman Mahany (muh-HAIN-ee) is a spokesperson for the group.

The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday concerning the Affordable Care Act ensures that roughly 198,000 Missourians will continue receiving governing subsidies for health care.

Hours after the decision, supporters of the law held rallies throughout Missouri. Crystal Brigman Mahaney, deputy director with Missouri Health Care for All, spoke in Springfield at First Unitarian Universalist Church.