Missouri judge replaces health care exchange ballot measure language
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri: Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green replaced the ballot language for Proposition E, a measure that would prohibit the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it is created by a legislative act, a ballot initiative, or veto referendum.
In a press release, the secretary of state's office said in part, "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."
Koster released his own statement saying, "Judge Greene’s summary more accurately reflects the legislative intent than does the Secretary’s proposed language. My job is to call balls and strikes in an impartial manner. The argument is over."
Original ballot text:
|“||Shall Missouri law be amended to deny individuals, families, and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care plans through a state-based health benefit exchange unless authorized by statute, initiative or referendum or through an exchange operated by the federal government as required by the federal health care act?||”|
New ballot text:
|“||Shall Missouri Law be amended to 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?||”|
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Judge's ballot language ruling won't be appealed," August 30, 2012
- St. Louis Public Radio, "Judge erases, replaces health care exchange language approved by Sec. of State Carnahan," August 30, 2012
- Missouri Secretary of State, "Office of the Missouri Secretary of State Statement Regarding SB 464," August 30, 2012
- St. Louis Public Radio, "Koster won't file appeal for Carnahan on health ins. exchange ballot language," August 30, 2012