(From Sen. Brad Lager's campaign for lieutenant governor)
State Senator Brad Lager was disappointed to learn that Peter Kinder opposed his request that Governor Nixon convene a special session of the Missouri General Assembly, so that Missouri can formally opt-out of the Obamacare tax increase. Apparently Kinder is only in favor of saying “no” to Obamacare when it benefits him politically
“When Proposition C passed by 71 percent I believe Missourians expected their voices to be heard. I also believe they now expect the leaders they sent to Jefferson City to fight to ensure that the largest tax increase in American history and the largest federal intrusion into Missourians’ lives does not stand. The people’s representatives in the General Assembly need to speak loudly and clearly – we will NOT implement this massive tax increase and job-killing legislation in Missouri.”
Kinder appeared to flip-flop on his opposition to Obamacare when he described State Senator Brad Lager’s attempt to have Missouri opt-out of Obamacare as “wholly irrelevant.”
“It is really sad that Peter Kinder can’t set aside his political aspirations to do what is right for the people of Missouri. Rather than have the General Assembly fulfill their constitutional duty and exert the authority that we have as recognized in the Supreme Court decision, Kinder wants to lead the charge on a meaningless lawsuit regarding ballot language. The simple fact is that Peter Kinder wants to grab headlines and act like he’s doing something that matters, when the real authority to reject Obamacare rests with the members of the State House and Senate who are charged with developing the budget, determining eligibility and implementing or rejecting the expansion.”
Peter Kinder’s answer to public policy issues facing our state seems to be to vest the courts with legislative authority. Other lawsuits on Obamacare that Kinder has filed have already been dismissed. His latest media blitz suggests yet another lawsuit should be filed. This time he wants to challenge the Secretary of State’s ballot title for Proposition E. While all Missourians should be outraged at Secretary Carnahan’s ballot wording, even if the lawsuit is won and the ballot wording changed, if Proposition E passes Missouri still will not have affirmatively opted out of Obamacare. It’s time for Peter Kinder live up to his promise to fight on behalf of all Missourians and join Senator Lager’s efforts to have the General Assembly reject Obamacare. Unfortunately for Missourians, Kinder will likely continue to only endorse proposals where he can get free media after his poor choices forced him out of the governor’s race.