VOTERS GUIDE: Proposition C

Proposition C
Monday, July 19, 2010 | 1:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:49 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 2, 2010

Proposition C seeks to give Missourians the option to be exempted from President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law on March 23.

If passed, Proposition C would protect Missouri residents, employers and health care providers from being compelled to participate in any health care system. It would allow residents to pay directly for lawful health care services without being fined.

Some question remains whether the proposition would violate the Supremacy Clause in Article IV of the Constitution, which states that the laws of the U.S. government will be the "supreme law of the land."

It would also modify laws regarding domestic insurance companies. It would allow companies organized as a stock insurance company to "voluntarily dissolve and liquidate as a corporation."

There won't be any immediate costs if the proposal is passed; future costs are unknown because lawmakers are unsure how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would affect Proposition C.

Proposition C began as House Bill 1764, also known as the Health Care Freedom Act. Rep. John Diehl, R-St. Louis, sponsored it.

A vote YES means Missouri's laws will be amended to:

  • Prevent the government from penalizing residents who don't buy private health insurance
  • Protect the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services
  • Change the laws regarding the dissolution of domestic insurance companies

A vote NO means Missouri's laws about private health insurance, lawful health care services and domestic insurance companies won't be changed.

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