Missouri Council of the Blind: "Beginning [today], a radio ad will be aired both in Jefferson City and Kansas City sponsored by the MIssouri Council of the Blind. The purpose of the ad is to focus listeners' attention on the attempt by Missouri lawmakers to stop Medicaid benefits for over 2,000 blind recipients in MIssouri. Click here to hear the ad.
Full script and release below the jump.
Contact: Denny Huff – President
March 20, 2012
MO Council of the Blind Launches Radio Ad Campaign: Tell Rep. Ryan Silvey That Going After the Blind is Wrong
Ads Will Air in Jeff City/Columbia and in Rep. Silvey's Home Area of Kansas City
ST. LOUIS, MO - The Missouri Council of the Blind today launched a radio ad campaign encouraging Missourians to tell Rep. Ryan Silvey that his proposal to cut medical services from needy, blind Missourians is "just plain wrong." The ads, which will begin today, will air in Jefferson City/Columbia and in Rep. Silvey's home region of Kansas City.
"It doesn't get much lower than cutting medical services from poor, blind folks, but for some reason Rep. Ryan Silvey has gone there," said Denny Huff, President of the Missouri Council of the Blind. "We encourage all Missourians, particularly those in Rep. Silvey's district, to speak out about how wrong this is. As Missourians, we can do better than targeting poor blind people."
Rep. Silvey recently proposed cutting money from the state budget that had been used to help poor, blind Missourians get the basic medical services they need. The program had been supported by Democrats and Republicans for over 40 years.
The script is pasted below:
WHILE THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON ARE BUSY FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER, WE DO.
THINGS DIFFERENTLY HERE IN MISSOURI.
IN JEFFERSON CITY, DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WORK TOGETHER TO BALANCE THE
BUDGET, KEEP OUR TAXES LOW AND HELP POOR, BLIND MISSOURIANS GET THE BASIC
MEDICAL SERVICES THEY NEED.
BUT ONE STATE REPRESENTATIVE HAS GONE WAY OFF THE DEEP END. HIS NAME IS RYAN SILVEY.
REPRESENTATIVE SILVEY IS PUSHING AN EXTREME PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THOUSANDS OF POOR BLIND FOLKS.
WHY? BECAUSE SILVEY SAYS NEEDY BLIND PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE TREATED
IS HE SERIOUS?
IF SILVEY'S PLAN PASSES, THOUSANDS OF BLIND MISSOURIANS COULD BE FORCED TO
CHOOSE BETWEEN MEDICAL SERVICES AND FOOD.
THAT'S JUST PLAIN WRONG.
THIS MATTER IS UP FOR DEBATE NOW. CALL REPRESENTATIVE SILVEY AT
TELL HIM GOING AFTER THE BLIND IS WRONG - WE'RE BETTER THAN THAT AS
PAID FOR BY THE MISSOURI COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
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