|To The editor:
When Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the Volunteer Health Services Act (VHSA) in July, he denied quality health care to some of the stateís most vulnerable and medically underserved residents. The VHSA would have allowed out-of-state medical professionals to provide health care services to Missouriís poor Ė free of charge and free from undue government interference.
The state has stopped licensed medical professionals from helping Missourians in the past. In 2011, a medical mission to Joplin, Mo., was prevented from distributing free eyeglasses after the tornado because state law would not allow out-of-state medical professionals to run the clinic without a licensed optometrist from Missouri. Unable to find an optometrist willing to help, the organizationís mobile eyeglass lab was forced to go home.
That our state would rebuff the charity of fully qualified medical professionals is an affront to Missouriansí sense of decency. The state should not stand in the way of quality health care for the poor that is rendered free of charge from fellow Americans. That the governor would actively block the reformation of this broken legal framework is unfortunate.
Patrick Ishmael, policy analyst, Show-Me Institute