Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Protecting Your Health Care Freedom

On August 3, 2010, Missourians will be the first in the nation to cast a vote on the federal health care reforms passed by President Obama and the Congress earlier this year. After a year of rallies and town hall meetings with our Washington representatives, the Missouri legislature led by Senator Jane Cunningham rose to the occasion and passed the Health Care Freedom Act (HB1764).

A YES vote on the Act, labeled Proposition C on the ballot, willl:
*  Defend your right to use your own money to pay for your and your family’s health care services; and

*  Protect you from being forced into a health care system you do not want.

After months of saying NO to Washington, the Missouri legislature has given voters something to say YES to. The language that will appear on the August 3 primary ballot, Proposition C, will be as below.
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?

It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local governmental entities. However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unknown.

The full text of the Health Care Freedom Act (HB1764) is here.

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