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Democrats Lose Fight to Misinform Voters on MO Health Care Ballot

posted at 9:06 am on September 2, 2012 by

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.

Amen!

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The Dooms are the only ones her wording is sufficient for–”deny individuals, families and small businesses”–they just can get away from that negativity. Didn’t Minnesota’s SecOfState also this week get a few hand slaps for creative leftist biased wording for some ballot initiatives in the Land’o'Lakes?

stukinIL4now on September 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

We here in Missouri have been slowly replacing many of our state wide democrats with republicans. The biggest change was when we put in term limits. After that happened, our legislature switched to being republican from democrat, and have been better off for it.

I just hope we are able to get rid of our democrat governor.

Ronaldusmax on September 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

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.

There are two assumptions here that need to be blasted out of the water:
1) Individuals, families, and small businesses cannot currently purchase affordable health care.
2) The exchanges (which will only offer HHS-approved plans) will provide affordable insurance.
3) Health insurance is equivalent to health care services. This one REALLY needs to be trumpeted from the rooftops–the Democrats have done a brilliant job of conflating insurance with services, when one is merely the means of paying for the other.

Mohonri on September 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

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.”

You know you’re in trouble when…

someone who is both a Democrat and a lawyer is too ashamed to make your argument for you.

logis on September 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM