Nixon gives the most neutral, useless response possible:
“We’re just now beginning to review this ruling so that we can understand exactly what it means for Missouri. This ruling has significant complexities and implications for families, health care providers and insurers in our state. Here in Missouri, I'm committed to working collaboratively with citizens, businesses, medical providers and the legislature to move forward in a way that works best for families in our state.”
Kind of ambiguous, considering he thought it was best for Missouri to go without. It may not be setting the stage for stalling and wading through the complexity of something he considers himself an expert in, but it sure sounds like it from here. This was a token statement, something to put out there while he sits and plots his next move.
Mary Clemons gets right to the problem with this.
Now that the individual insurance mandate has been upheld by theUnited States Supreme Court, it is time for our governor to stand on the side of Missourians and be a voice of support for implementing the Affordable Care Act, the law of the land.
It is good for Missouri to have a health care law that provides subsidies to low- income citizens to purchase health insurance; a law that will create insurance exchanges making it possible for individuals and small businesses to purchase affordable insurance; a law that helps our seniors with prescription drug costs; a law that protects families from being denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions; a law that ends the gender gap and gives women equal access to health insurance; a law that allows everyone to receive preventive services with no co-pay; a law that keeps young adults on their parents’ policies until they reach 26; and a law that protects us from excessive insurance rate increases.Several politicians have put their beliefs at odds with their sworn duties. While some may play the martyr card (at the expense of the helpless) the reality is starting to show through the brave words and blind ignorance. We have members of government failing to do their jobs because they are abusing their power. Instead of following the people and the law, they believe themselves to be above it. Jay Nixon has time to pull his head out of his arse and do the right thing. I doubt he does, but he still has a chance.
Let's see if he takes it.