Kansas City State senator-elect Jason Holsman says Missouri Republicans who oppose Obamacare are, in one respect, like Mississippians who didn’t like Civil Rights in the 1960’s.
“Change is never easy, especially when it’s complicated. And I’m sure in 1964, Mississippi didn’t want the Civil Rights Act either,” Holsman told reporters Thursday.
Holsman was present at the Kansas City event where Governor Jay Nixon announced his plans to use the new health care law to attempt to expand Medicaid in Missouri.
The healthcare law has been soundly voted against in two statewide elections. The most recent vote was earlier this month.
This year, Missourians voted to ban the Governor from establishing a state health exchange unless the Legislature or voters approve it.
Holsman was asked if Republicans weren’t just reflecting the views of Missouri voters.
“I understand some people in our state, some republicans, some elected officials are frustrated by that direction. Voters are frustrated by that direction,” Holsman said. “But this is a democracy.”
Governor Nixon also says the time for arguing about the law in Missouri has passed. He noted the election is over, the Congress passed the bill, The President signed it and the Supreme Court upheld it.
Holsman said he was not drawing a direct comparison between opponents of the heath care law and the segregationists of the South.
‘What I’m doing is comparing the systematic structural changes, and how they’re implemented, state by state. And that’s what we’re looking at.