Dem Governor Starting to Read the ObamaCare Tea Leaves in Missouri
posted at 12:46 pm on June 26, 2012 by Patrick Ishmael
Given his support for an Obamacare health insurance exchange, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t exactly high on the list of people you’d expect to reject the other major element of ObamaCare — the law’s individual health insurance mandate. According to reports in the last few hours, though, it looks like the governor has been reading some tea leaves, and for ObamaCare supporters, it’s a bitter brew.
Referring to it the “Washington Healthcare Law” Nixon spoke out against the key ingredient of President Obama’s signature legislation—the individual mandate.
“I think I’ve been pretty clear…that the health insurance mandate is not something that I think is a good thing. Without going into great detail, having the government you order you to buy something like that is not something that in the past I’ve supported.”
The whole reason that Missouri voters will have the opportunity to unequivocally strip the governor of the power to institute an exchange this year is because of concerns from last year that Gov. Nixon may have planned to implement an exchange unilaterally. Why he had a substantive “change of heart” on the law is, from a policy perspective, of limited consequence, but it’s clear that the politics of ObamaCare and its mandate are still extraordinarily toxic in this state.
We’ll find out on Thursday whether the mandate will be ruled unconstitutional. It appears the governor couldn’t wait that long.