Missouri now has a law on its books allowing it to join with other states in ignoring requirements of the new federal health care law. But the Missouri statute may never have much of an effect, because it requires Congress to first sign off the creation of the multistate health care compact.
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday allowed the Missouri legislation to become law without his signature.
Nixon says it could grant greater flexibility to Missouri in implementing health care laws, but he raised concerns about its effect on health care funding. He also said it has no practical effect on the cost, availability and efficiency of health care because Congress has not signed off of the concept of a state health care compact.