Missouri Healthcare Exchange Question, Proposition E (2012)

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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:Approveda
The Missouri Health Care Exchange Question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure prohibited the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it was created by a legislative act, a ballot initiative, or veto referendum. According to the text of the bill, the proposal was 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 official election results:

Missouri Proposition E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,573,292 61.7%
No976,25038.3%

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 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?

No direct costs or savings for state and local governmental entities are expected from this proposal. Indirect costs or savings related to enforcement actions, missed federal funding, avoided implementation costs, and other issues are unknown.

Support

No formal campaign in favor of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.

Opposition

No formal campaign in opposition of the measure was identified by Ballotpedia.

Controversies and events

The ballot summary of the measure was under scrutiny with legislative figures who supported the measure. They stated 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."[3]

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."[3]

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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