Governor Says Health Insurance Mandate Not Good For Missouri

Jun 26, 2012

As a United States Supreme Court decision on healthcare looms, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon broke with his party on a key part of the legislation. Nixon says an individual insurance mandate is not good for Missouri.

Speaking at ceremonial bill signing in St. Louis, Governor Nixon sounded more like a Republican when he asked about the Supreme Court’s impending health care ruling.

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,” Nixon said. “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.”

Nixon is up for re-election this year.

Last summer, Missouri voters approved a referendum, by a vote of 71 to 29 percent, rejecting the law’s individual insurance mandate.