Missouri judge to hear challenge to health care measure on Tuesday

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 | 9:47 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri judge is to hear arguments Tuesday on a lawsuit seeking to block a statewide vote on a measure challenging the federal health insurance law.

The Aug. 3 ballot measure says people cannot be compelled to have health insurance nor penalized for paying their health bills with their own money. The Missouri proposal would conflict with a federal law requiring most people to have health insurance or face fines by 2014.

A lawsuit asks a Cole County judge to block the election. It claims the proposal violates the Missouri Constitution because of the way in which lawmakers passed it.

One of the lawmakers named as a defendant has asked the judge to postpone the hearing, because the Legislature is in special session this week on unrelated business.


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