We noted a couple of days ago that our governor, Jay Nixon, was one of the six Democratic governors who did not sign a letter lobbying congress for Health care reform. Thanks to Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon (via the West County Democrats’ Digest), we learn that the governor, who recently received several large donations from health care firms, did not sign the letter because:
…… it does not address the need to prevent unreasonable costs from being placed on the states, which Gov. Nixon believes is an important issue in federal health care reform.”
As for the donations from insurance and health companies:
Nixon allies point to two issues where he has split with health insurers: coverage of autism treatment (he wants it, the insurers don’t) and his support of measures to require swifter insurance payments to medical providers (he wants it, the insurers don’t.)
UPDATE (from Clark): Just to add, the several large insurance company donations to Jay Nixon totaled $72,500, and came from six(!) companies. This is really sick.