No Mandates: Anti-Health Reform Ballot Sails to Victory in Missouri

Aug 4, 2010 10:45am

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports: Voters in Missouri’s primary  weighed in Tuesday on one of the most contentious aspects of the new health reform law – whether the government has the ability to force its  citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a fine/tax. The answer: a resounding “no” according to Missourians, who voted 71 percent to 29 against the health insurance requirement in the new health reform law. See the official tally from the Missouri Secretary of State HERE. These results are already much ballyhooed on the right as the people standing up to Obamacare. “By rejecting ObamaCare with nearly three-quarters of the vote in a critical swing state, Missouri sent a clear message to Democrats and the Obama administration that government-run healthcare is a gross overreach of the federal government that needs to be repealed and replaced,” said RNC Chairman Michael Steel in a statement. But which people are standing up should be noted. Republicans appear to have turned out in much higher numbers for the primary. Of the 898,784 ballots cast in the Senate primary, for instance, more than 577,612 were cast in the Republican primary and fewer – 315,787, were cast in the Democratic primary.  40,000 more people voted in the referendum than participated in the Senate primary. The individual mandate for insurance is one of the cornerstones of the law and is intended to bring more people into the insurance market, thereby driving down costs. The language of the ballot initiative goes like this:

Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended 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?

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