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Politically Speaking: Sen. Silvey Discusses His Vision For Medicaid

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

After cruising on the Rhine in Germany for the past couple of weeks, Jo Mannies rejoins Jason Rosenbaum and Chris McDaniel for the podcast.

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For the first part of the show, the Politically Speaking crew breaks down the latest campaign finance numbers for Missouri's top mid-term election contests. They also discuss the fallout -- and the lobbying -- from theMissouri House's initial "right to work" vote.

State Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, joins Mannies and Rosenbaum for the second part of the show. The former House Budget Committee chairman (and Rock Band fan) hasproposed an alternative of sorts to "straighten up" Medicaid expansion. It may serve as a template (along with a House bill from Rep. Noel Torpey, R-Independence) for breaking the legislative impasse on the issue.

During the show, Silvey said: 

  • His Medicaid proposal would divert money already being spent on Medicaid recipients to a "Budget Protection Fund." That money will pay for the expansion when the federal government's 100 percent "match" goes away. 
  • The plan would make hospital charges public and alter a state process for licensing certain providers. Those are key elements of a proposal from Sen. Rob Schaaf, a St. Joseph Republican who strongly opposes Medicaid expansion. Silvey said his conversations with Schaaf are "ongoing."
  • He will need to isolate Republican opponents. "If we're in a situation where there's five to 10 senators that want to block it, that's pretty near insurmountable. But if there are one or two, the question becomes 'where does the caucus want to go and what do we think we're getting out of it?'"
  • There's a "slim possibility" his plan passes this year. But, he adds, once legislators get more familiar with the details, it could receive a better reception next session.

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Jason is the politics correspondent for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.