ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Martin T. Rucker, II, a candidate running for the seat in the Missouri State Senate that term-limited Rob Schaaf will vacate in 2019, is reacting to moves by President Donald Trump that will make major changes to the Affordable Care Act.
The White House released a statement revealing that the federal government will no long make payments for subsidies that reduce out of pocket costs for millions of low income Americans.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions elaborated on the change on Friday, saying that the payments were unlawful without congressional approval.
Rucker was quick to condemn Trump's actions, calling on local voters to elect a state legislature that will check the federal government.
“The current state legislature is a blank check that blindly supports anything the President does and they don’t counter the failure to act by Congress. It’s a one-two punch that puts Missourians at greater risk. We deserve a legislature that puts our residents and families above politics, not the other way around,” Rucker said.
President Trump also signed an executive order on Thursday that will allow groups to pool together and buy coverage from outside of their home state, a move that many Democrats say will create market instability.
“After failing to repeal our nation’s health care law in Congress, President Trump is making changes that will result in higher costs and less coverage to consumers,” Rucker said. “People don’t want more uncertainty around health care. They want their representatives – at every level of government – to work together to fix the health care law to make it more affordable and accessible.”
Rucker announced his bid for the District 34 seat in the State Senate in August and is the lone Democrat to enter the race for the nomination at this time. Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Harry Roberts and Parkville's Tony Luetkemeyer have both announced they are campaigning for the Republican nomination.