Opponents organizing against ballot measure defying federal health care

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 4:19 p.m. CDT; updated 1:53 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 2, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — Opponents are organizing against a Missouri ballot measure seeking to defy the new federal health insurance law.

The measure on the Aug. 3 ballot would prohibit laws requiring people to have insurance or penalizing them for paying their own health bills. It's intended to clash with a federal requirement for most Americans to have health insurance or face fines by 2014.

Supporters of Missouri's measure have been raising money for weeks and are running radio ads.

Opponents have been less centrally organized. But they plan a rally Thursday in Kansas City.

The Missouri Hospital Association also has mailed out materials suggesting passage of the measure could cost Missouri hospitals millions of dollars — resulting in higher costs for insured patients.

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Ray Shapiro July 27, 2010 | 4:43 p.m.

("Vote for Missouri Proposition C
The Missouri Health Care Freedom Amendment, Proposition C will appear on the August 3, 2010 statewide ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The proposed measure aims to block the federal government from requiring people to buy health insurance and bans punishment for those without health insurance. [Read the full text of the amendment here.]

("A Citizen's Guide to State Sovereignty")

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Russell Perkins July 27, 2010 | 4:55 p.m.

We NEED universal healthcare. The rest of the world swears by it, yet we have people here opposed to it for some crazy reason....

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Ray Shapiro July 27, 2010 | 5:20 p.m.

Yes. People need a health care system.
We had a health care system comprised of several tiers which included the private sector, nonprofit sector, Churches and the government HHS programs/VA.
The government chose to create more cash flow to continue and expand their programs instead of improving their existing bureaucracies.
Over involvement of the government/politicians in America's financial flow and bureaucratic administration of health and finances for every person in this country is just another nail in the coffin for capitalism, free market, motivation and opportunities to excel. It will make every American dependent on the Federal Government. Dependent on the Politician/Uncle Sam, instead of the other way around.
Once, Nuns were the providers of health care services to the populace. Soon it will be government paid workers.
Even Great Britain can not sustain such an undertaking...

("Among the changes to be made include rationing of most common surgeries, including hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, and orthodontic procedures; reduction in services for the terminally ill; closure of nursing homes; and a reduction in the number of hospital beds available for acute care, including those for the mentally ill.

The NHS also plans to cut staff at NHS hospitals, ration funding of in vitro fertilization treatment and obesity surgery, and reduce spending for pediatric and maternity services, care for the elderly, and programs that offer respite services for caregivers.

The cuts have drawn severe criticism from many quarters, including the Patients Association, which named the cuts ‘astonishingly brutal.” Katherine Murphy of the Association noted that “this is a really blatant attempt to save money by leaving people in pain.”)
Deep Cuts to Health Care Services in the UK:

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tom kelly July 27, 2010 | 7:55 p.m.

I don't know Ray, we seem to live in different countries. I've worked all my life, and I've had health care maybe 20% of that time.
The health care I did have had holes all through it for me to pay for. It's a huge industry out-of-control, and although I don't want government in my affairs, I have no power over this stupid industry by myself.

Maybe this won't work, but ignoring the problem is no answer.

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