TODAY'S QUESTION: Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 3 primary election?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 10:37 a.m. CDT

On Aug. 3, Boone County voters will have the opportunity to vote in various primary races.

Races for federal, state and county elected positions, which can be reviewed in the Missourian’s Voters Guide, will be on the ballot. Also on the ballot is Proposition C, a measure to exempt Missourians from participating in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Associated Press reports that officials expect 24 percent statewide turnout in Tuesday’s primary – approximately 1 million ballots. The article reports that this number is higher than Missouri’s 2008 primary election voter turnout, which was 18 percent.

Boone County voters can check their registration and polling location here. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Do you plan to vote in the Aug. 3 primary election?

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Ray Shapiro July 28, 2010 | 7:01 p.m.

This will be the first time in more than four decades of voting that I will in all good conscious ask for a Republican ballot.
I will also attempt to protect State Rights and will vote "YES" on Proposition C.

[Per NIKKI TEKEEI, "reporter" and author of the above article, "Also on the ballot is Proposition C, a measure to exempt Missourians from participating in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.")
I contend that your choice of words regarding Proposition C is a bit misleading. My guess is that Nikki Tekeei plans on voting "No" on Proposition C. What say you Nikki Tekeei?]

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Carlos Sanchez July 28, 2010 | 7:17 p.m.


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Patrick Sweet July 28, 2010 | 8:51 p.m.

I'm going to loft a guess out there and say that any stance Nikki may or may not have on Proposition C didn't influence the contents of the "Today's Question."

BUT, because I had to dig to find out more about the proposition, here is a link to the full text of the proposition:

On the ballot, the bill reads as follows:
"Shall the Missouri Statutes be ammended to:
- Deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services?
-Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?
It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local government entities. However, because of the uncertain interactino of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unkown."

... and you bet your sweet ballot I'll be voting (but i haven't decided yes, no or for whom yet).

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Nikki Tekeei July 29, 2010 | 10:00 a.m.

Hi, I'm Nikki, the reporter for this article. Mr. Shapiro, I would like to respond to your comment, but I'm not exactly sure how. Please let me know what part of my sentence regarding Proposition C appears misleading, so that I can further address your comment. Thanks.

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Ray Shapiro July 29, 2010 | 1:44 p.m.

("...a measure to exempt Missourians from participating in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.")
1. Actually, it will give those Missourians who choose to negotiate direct payment to their health care providers to do so with impunity from Federally administered interference.
It also addresses concerns about the health insurance industry.
2. Considering what I witnessed at most "Town Hall Meetings" during the formation of "ObamaCare," it seems that attendees were more concerned about protecting and improving America's tiered health care approach, minimizing the Federal Government's role in their personal health care and I believe that the Obama administration did not listen to the concerns of these Americans/Missourians who expressed their concerns of this becoming some kind of "taxation without representation" ploy towards ultimate government socialized medicine. Proposition C is a form of fallout from this "full-steam ahead" behavior of the lefty progs in America. States are now taking a stand. View a few Claire McCaskill town hall meeting videos or Murkowski's in Anhorage to catch the gist.)
3. One article which is well balanced and puts more perspective on Prop C:

("On paper, the vote seeks to change state law so that the federal government can't require an individual to buy health insurance.")

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