Breaking: Judge Upholds Missouri Health Care Vote
A Missouri judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Prop C, an Aug. 3 ballot issue vote offering Missourians a chance to express their position on the nation’s new health care act.
Ozarks First reported:
A Cole County judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop an Aug. 3 ballot issue vote offering Missourians a chance to express their position on the nation’s new health care act.
Judge Paul C. Wilson ruled late Friday against Jefferson City attorney Chip Gentry’s argument that the ballot issue exceeds its original purpose and does not contain a clear title focused on a single subject.
A Simple Yes or No to a Multifaceted Question
The state lawmaker-driven ballot initiative asks voters for a single answer to a two-part question.
First it asks voters to decide if Missouri statutes should be amended to prevent the government from “penalizing citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?”
A second question asks if laws governing the liquidation of certain insurance companies should be modified.
The insurance liquidation question was the original focus of House Bill 1764. The legislature amended the bill to include language on the health care issue in a last-minute maneuver known as “log-rolling.”