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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Missouri Invalidates Health Care Mandate

Yet another state sent Obamacare a message.

Missouri voters on Tuesday easily approved a measure aimed at nullifying the new federal health care law, becoming the first state in the nation where ordinary people made known their dismay over the issue at the ballot box.

The measure was intended to invalidate a crucial element of President Obama’s health care law — namely, that most people be required to get health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Supporters of the measure said it would send a firm signal to Washington about how this state, often a bellwether in presidential elections, felt about such a law.

“My constituents told me they felt like their voices had been ignored and they wanted Washington to hear them,” Jane Cunningham, a state senator and Republican who had pressed for a vote, said Tuesday night. “It looks to me like they just picked up a megaphone.”

The legalities of all this are murky. The politics couldn't be clearer. The administration is on a collision course with dozens of states on this mandate and it will end up in the Supreme Court. It will pit individual states against the federal government. While this is happening, the Obama administration is on a separate collision course with Arizona and other states vis a vis illegal immigration.


xformed said...

Gives new meaning to "all enemies, foreign and domestic."

I suspect it shall be applied to both sides of the political spectrum.

So much for the President we have been waiting for to unite us and not divide us.

in 18 months, many very contentious measures, pushed through, one after another, using procedures designed for the exception, and not the rule, and by the slimmest of margins.

I can only surmise, from a 1.5 year observation: President Obama does not like America, and he does want it to fail.

AG said...

Are you guys trying to deliberately go over the top here? Its a freaking mid-term primary poll, give it a rest! I guess I could say that Michigan nominated the most liberal democrat and republican to run for governor sent a message, too.

mike volpe said...

First, it's Missouri not Michigan. Second, it was a referendum not a poll. This referendum passed with over 70% of the vote and it said that in Missouri they won't comply with the mandate that forces people to buy health insurance.

AG said...

Well, I just find it odd that they posted a referendum like this on the ballot during a primary where turnout is going to be very very low and the Democrats have no contested primary to turnout for.