The Missouri Health Care Exchange Question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Missouri. The measure prohibits the establishment, creation, or operation of a health insurance exchange unless it is created by a legislative act, a ballot initiative, or veto referendum.
The ballot summary of the measure has been under scrutiny, with legislative figures who support the measure stating that the summary, provided by the Missouri Secretary of State, was misleading to voters.
State Senator Rob Schaaf commented…
“It’s totally playing politics, and it’s lying to the voters.”
Missouri Secretary of State spokesman Ryan Hobart countered,
“This office has always followed our legal obligation to provide Missourians with fair and sufficient summaries of ballot initiatives, and this summary is no different.”
Senator Schaaf, is a Doctor, and a director of the Missouri Doctors Mutual Insurance Co. which stands to benefit from the government subsidies of a national healthcare plan.
So now who’s playing politics?
Senator Schaaf, if you didn’t stand to make money off this would you then approach it as a Doctor? or a Politician?
It is the duty of the state government to abide by the instructions of their superiors, in other words, the voters. Let’s not forget the chain of command here…Individual, State, then Federal at the bottom of the chain.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (who incidentally is a Doctor also) was the first to issue a press release which should be viewed as a blueprint for the rest of the states with health care nullification on the table.
One would think this is a fairly simple operation, if power isn’t specifically delegated to the federal government in the constitution it resides with the people of the states. It is the obligation of Governor Jay Nixon to do what the people hired him to do…PERIOD.