Allison Blood, KMOX News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — A Missouri State Senator is asking for Governor Nixon to call a special legislative session, to opt-out of the federal healthcare law.

Lager says the Supreme Court’s ruling will allow Missouri and other states to opt out of the Medicaid portion of the act without penalty, but the state should also ignore the mandatory portion of the bill requiring a state-run insurance exchange.

“I actually believe that Mitt Romney is going to be elected President, and they are going to repeal this bad public policy,” he said.

He says Missouri would be taking a leadership role by bucking the federal law. Lager is running for Lieutenant Governor under the slogan “The Conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor.”

Republican Brad Lager is also calling for House Speaker Steve Tilley and Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer to convene a special session, if Nixon doesn’t. When asked if they have jumped on board with his plan, he said “every lawmaker is going to have to decide where they stand on this issue.”

Lager says Missouri can’t afford to pay for the state’s share of the healthcare law, without enacting the largest tax increase in state history.


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