You've heard of "Obamacare." But how about "Obamacow"?
[Missouri state lawmakers] on Thursday sent a bill aimed at spurring growth in Missouri's dairy industry to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's desk, one of the first bills to make it that far this session.
Touted by sponsor Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, as the Dairy Revitalization Act, the measure earned a second nickname Thursday: "Obamacow."
There's a good reason for that. As the AP report explained, the main purpose of Missouri's Dairy Revitalization Act is to "subsidize federal dairy insurance for up to 70 percent of farmers' premium payments."
It passed the state House with relative ease, 110 to 49, and fared even better in the state Senate, where the vote was 31 to 2. After clearing the Republican-led legislature, the bill heads to Gov. Jay Nixon (D), who's expected to sign it into law.
And for dairy farmers in the state, it's no doubt good news to hear that the cost of insuring their cows is about to improve. But state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, questioned why the GOP-led legislature is eager to provide subsidies to insure cows, while those same Republicans remain fiercely opposed to providing subsidies to insure human families.
Or as state Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Mo.) put it, under the "Affordable Cow Act," insurance subsidies for cows are fine, but "not for people."