Lawsuit challenges Missouri health care referendum

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 9:06 a.m. CDT; updated 8:25 a.m. CDT, Thursday, June 24, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — A lawsuit has been filed to block an Aug. 3 vote on a Missouri measure challenging the new federal health insurance law.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reported Wednesday that the lawsuit seeks to declare the measure unconstitutional because of the way it was passed by the General Assembly.

The lawsuit cites a constitutional prohibition against bills containing multiple subjects.

The bill originally addressed procedures for insurance companies to voluntarily dissolve. It was amended to include a section stating that people cannot be compelled to have health insurance or penalized for paying their health bills with their own money.

Missouri's ballot measure would defy a federal health care law requiring most Americans to have health insurance or face fines beginning in 2014.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.