Missouri Healthcare Exchange Question, Proposition E (2012)

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Health Care Exchange Question
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Type:legislatively-referred state statute
State code:Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 376
Referred by:Missouri State Legislature
Topic:Health care
Status:On the ballot
The Missouri Health Care Exchange Question will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure 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. According to the text of the bill, the proposal is aimed at prohibiting the establishment of a health care exchange by the Missouri Governor.[1]

The bill's formal title in the 2012 state legislative session was Senate Bill 464.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

The following are unofficial election results:

Missouri Proposition E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,567,816 61.8%
No970,92438.2%

All precincts reported

Results via Missouri Secretary of State

Ballot text

The ballot summary of the measure, according to the Missouri Secretary of State:[2]

"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?"

Controversies and events

The ballot summary of the measure has been under scrutiny, with legislative figures who support the measure stating that the summary, provided by the Missouri Secretary of State, was misleading to voters.

According to State Senator Rob Schaaf, when commenting on the measure's summary, "It's totally playing politics, and it's lying to the voters."[2]

However, Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Hobart countered, "This office has always followed our legal obligation to provide Missourians with fair and sufficient summaries of ballot initiatives, and this summary is no different".[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Missouri legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the ballot, the measure required approval by a majority of the members of each chamber of the Missouri General Assembly. The measure was sent to the Missouri Secretary of State on May 30, 2012.

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