Finally, Nixon shows guts on contraception bill
The Kansas City Star
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon didn’t kowtow to the conservative Republicans this time.
On Thursday he vetoed a bill that the General Assembly had approved in a bid to ban mandatory insurance coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortion.
From the Associated Press:
“Nixon said Thursday that the legislation was unnecessary. He noted a 2001 Missouri law already allows insurers to offer policies without contraception coverage to people or employers who say it violates their moral or religious beliefs.
“The Democratic governor said the new bill could have let insurance companies deny contraception coverage to people who desired it.”
Of course, the Republicans had approved the measure as another one of their childish shots at President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
The conservatives in Jefferson City actually put in the bill that the state attorney general could sue government officials if they tried to attack the state law.
Of course, Missouri Republicans passed their attempt to legislate contraception before the U.S. Supreme Court had found the ACA to be constitutional.
Unfortunately, as we have already seen in the U.S. House, the fact that the ACA is the law of the land doesn’t mean anything to the Republicans who want to deny adequate health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Missourians.