While it is common knowledge that Missouri did not participate in Medicaid expansion in 2013, it is less widely known how this decision impacts thousands of poor and working class Missourians.
Right-wing Republicans in the Missouri legislature and their main financial supporter, libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, suffered a stinging defeat.
"We have to do things that welcome immigrants to our state," Vanessa Crawford, executive director of MIRA, told members and activists from all over Missouri.
"We have an opportunity to expand Medicaid here in Missouri. We have an opportunity to give security to over 250,000 people who currently do not have health care."
Chris Christie, a Republican, threw union contracts out the window and enacted laws forcing unions to pay more into their pension and health care benefits packages.
Missouri's Republican-dominated Senate did something unexpected recently during the legislative special session.
Apparently, Congressman Akin or one of his staff had requested police presence in order to keep constituents off of the office property.
Nearly 100 community, labor and retiree activists rallied outside of Congressman Todd Akin's St. Louis office July 29.
"We have to be united," GRO-Grassroots Organizing said - "Faith, labor, community, we have to get organized."
Over 200 community activists, union members and students rallied outside of right-wing Republican Senator Roy Blunt's office in St. Louis demanding "no cuts" to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.