Democrats Lose Fight to Misinform Voters on MO Health Care Ballot
posted at 9:06 am on September 2, 2012 by Matt Vespa
According to Johnny Kampis of Missouri Watchdog, the rejected ballot summary of the health care exchange initiative won’t be appealed by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan. The summary that came from the Secretary of State’s office was egregiously biased and rightfully rejected by a Missouri Judge on August 28th. As reported in Real Clear Politics, Cole County Judge Dan Green stated in his ruling that “the ballot summary prepared and certified by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is not fair and sufficient.”
As reported by Marshall Griffin of News for St. Louis on August 30, “the version initially approved by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) had asked if state law should, ‘deny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care,’ unless the people or the legislature created an exchange.”
Carnahan was expected to file an appeal, but won’t pursue further legal action since “she could not get her fellow Democrat, Attorney General Chris Koster, to file the appeal on behalf of her office.”
The new language that will be featured on the ballot “asks if state law should, quote, ‘prohibit the Governor or any state agency from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?”
Kampis wrote that is a positive direction towards a “ballot proposal [that] would prevent the governor from setting up the exchange, which is required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and would require approval from lawmakers or voters to create the health insurance marketplace.”
To no one’s surprise, Carnahan isn’t happy. Her statement:
The Secretary of State’s office has a legal obligation to provide Missourians with fair and sufficient summaries of ballot measures. We believe our summary of SB 464 meets that legal standard. Although we strongly disagree with the decision by the Cole County Circuit Court, this office is not in a position to appeal the decision on its own. We are disappointed that Attorney General Koster has refused our request to file an appeal. The new summary language is incomplete, uninformative and a disservice to Missouri voters who must decide on the critical issue of how and when Missouri individuals, families and small businesses will have access to affordable health care.
As Christy Bartholomew commented on Kampis’s column, “Democrats denied the right to misled voters–cool” I couldn’t agree more with that sentiment. The bill is unconstitutional and we must do everything in our power to stop it. Hopefully, by November 6th, the main architects of this unspeakable assault on the constitution will be given their pink slips.