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Cole County circuit judge to hear Missouri health care lawsuit

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 6:57 a.m. CDT; updated 11:59 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green was scheduled to hear arguments in the case Tuesday in Jefferson City.

The proposal would bar Missouri officials from creating a health insurance exchange without approval from voters or the General Assembly. It also would prohibit state agencies from taking federal money to prepare for the online insurance marketplace.

Missouri's Republican-led legislature approved the measure earlier this year in response to the federal health care overhaul and referred it to a statewide vote.


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