Ad claims Medicaid expansion would mean immigrant influx

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A political committee sent mailers claiming that immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will crowd Missouri hospitals if voters expand Medicaid, even though those immigrants wouldn’t be eligible for the government health care program.The mailer from No on 2 in August claims the state would have to pay hospital bills for an influx in those immigrants seeking health care, The Kansas City Star reported.”Amendment 2 means illegal immigrants flooding Missouri hospitals… while we pay for it!” read the mailers, which feature a person wearing a Mexican flag face mask.

But the newspaper reports that undocumented immigrants are not eligible to enroll in Medicaid.

The proposed constitutional amendment to make thousands more low-income adults eligible for the government health insurance program is on Tuesday’s ballot.

An Associated Press request for comment to No on 2 in August’s treasurer wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

Jack Cardetti, spokesperson for the pro-expansion committee, called the mailer “deplorable.”

“This is a disgusting last-minute attempt by a desperate campaign that has simply run out of facts,” Cardetti said.

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