It’s tough to get elected as a liberal Democrat in Missouri these days. That’s why Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon announced before the election that he would not set up the Obamacare exchange in his state before the election. However, now that he won reelection, Nixon has shows his true colors, like most red state Democrats. He really wants the exchange, but feels hamstrung by the voters and by the hard deadline, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
In his letter, Nixon cites the Nov. 6 passage of Prop E, which bars his administration from creating a state-based exchange without a vote of the Legislature or the public.
“In response to today’s departmental deadline, and under present circumstances, a state-based exchange is not an option for Missouri at this time,” he writes.
Nixon didn’t openly campaign against Prop E before voters passed it, but his letter to Sebelius makes clear his preference for a state-based exchange.
“We believe that regulation of the insurance market is a power best left in the hands of states,” Nixon writes. “We continue to favor state, rather than federal, control of our insurance market.”
Nixon leaves open the possibility of Missouri taking on a state-federal partnership exchange, though.