Barbara Shelly

Obamacare subsidy ruling cause for worry, not panic

If you favor accessible health care and the Affordable Care Act, it’s too soon to panic over a federal appeals court ruling that would knock out subsidies for roughly 5 million people enrolled in the federally created online insurance exchanges. But worry? Oh yes. Worrying would be in order right now.

Barbara Shelly

Missouri’s governor as goalie: A look at two Jay Nixon vetoes

Tim Howard he isn’t, but Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been putting on a good show as goalie. With a legislature as beholden to industry and interest groups as Missouri’s, you want a lot of action in front of the net. Nixon provided that this year with 33 vetoes. A closer look at two of them provides a disturbing glimpse of why a backstop is so needed.

Barbara Shelly

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon should veto sneaky cigarette bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is doing an excellent job of spotting and vetoing sneaky legislation. So here’s hoping he won’t miss Senate Bill 841. On the surface, it appears to be a well-meaning attempt to stop teenagers younger than 18 from purchasing e-cigarettes. But then why is the language so similar to bills sponsored in other states? And why did Reynolds American Tobacco lobby so hard for the legislation?

Barbara Shelly

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