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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.


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