Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appeared to confirm Wednesday that he voted for Proposition C in 2010 -- a vote broadly seen as an attack on the individual health insurance mandate crafted by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats that year.
Nixon appeared at the Bloch Business School at UMKC, and took a few questions from reporters. He was asked directly how he voted on Prop C in 2010, a ballot measure making it illegal in Missouri to punish someone who does not have health insurance.
Nixon wouldn't answer with a yes or no. He said this:
"My position is that I do not support the individual mandate. I've made that position clear over a number of months to a number of folks. The individual action I took was consistent with that position."
Republicans criticized Nixon Tuesday for claiming he had made "clear" his opposition to the mandate, which is considered a centerpiece of health reform legislation that is now in the Supreme Court.
The Democratic governor signed bills with a wrap on his right wrist. He said he has some problems with a tendon in the joint.